CATEGORIES Independent, Executive shifts, ThinkFilm, Distribution, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, CinematicalRight now, THINKFilm has a lot to bask in. Born Into Brothels scored them an Oscar, Murderball garnered them an Oscar nomination, Half Nelson has gotten all sorts of praise and they have two documentaries getting buzz at Sundance -- War Dance and the equine flick, Zoo. However, behind the spotlight there is increasing anger. In October, the company was sold to American entrepreneur, David Bergstein, who owns Capitol Films. While this might mean a many wonderful things for the company on the whole, it doesn't for the Canadian filmmakers who were grabbed by the company before the sale.
The acquisition has presented a lot of problems to the Canadian films under THINKFilm's belt, and situations are only getting worse as time goes on. As The Globe and Mail reports, there are approximately 50 titles in limbo and after months without response, a group of the filmmakers are retaining lawyers to try to free their films from the company. Why is all of this a problem? Although president Jeff Sackman was planning to sell the titles in question within a month of the sale, the deals went nowhere and months have passed. Now the filmmakers are getting nervous in the face of CanCon financial issues.
To top off the indie films' money worries are distribution problems -- especially for Everything's Gone Green, the Douglas Coupland-penned comedy headed by Joey star Paulo Costanzo. Under Canadian law, it is now US-owned, so the company cannot distribute Canadian films in Canada -- and the US release is set for April, which means that times-a-ticking. I don't want to have to drive to Buffalo to see a Canadian movie, and so I urge THINKFilm to work things out with these Canadian filmmakers already.