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Thinkfilm Turns 5

12 Jul, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf

Indie supplier ThinkFilm celebrated its fifth birthday at this year's show.

“We're very proud to have gotten to this point given the changes the industry has gone through,” said ThinkFilm president and CEO Jeff Sackman.

ThinkFilm has a lineup of everything from highbrow Oscar-nominated dramas like Being Julia, to documentary phenoms like Murderball, to titles that defy categorization, like the part-doc, part-raunchy standup performance title The Aristocrats.

In fact, The Aristocrats is the top performer for ThinkFilm, which brought Bob Saget — a star of that film and director of Farce of the Penguins — to the convention to host Tuesday night's awards ceremony and help celebrate the supplier's big birthday.

The next five years are going to be at least as challenging as the first, Sackman said. Consumer behavior for new distribution models like high-definition discs and digital downloading is unsure at best, he said.

“I think the world will unfold in its natural way, and we as an independent, we're like the tail on the dog, with the big studios the dog — as the studios go, so will the rest of the world,” he said. “Obviously, costs have to come down for high-def, there has to be great consumer penetration.”

Next from ThinkFilm will be the sophomore film from Hedwig and the Angry Inch creator-director John Cameron Mitchell, The Shortbus.

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