THINKFilm Acquires Worldwide Rights to F**K

Mar 28, 2006, 00:00 ET from THINKFilm

    NEW YORK, March 28 /PRNewswire/ -- THINKFilm has acquired all worldwide
 rights to F**K, an amusing and provocative documentary by Steve Anderson about
 everyone's favorite four-letter word.  The film, which was recently screened
 to great acclaim at SXSW, features interviews with (in alphabetical order):
 Pat Boone, Drew Carey, Billy Connolly, Sam Donaldson, Janeane Garofolo, Ice-T,
 Ron Jeremy, Bill Maher, Michael Medved, Alanis Morrisette, Kevin Smith and the
 late Hunter S. Thompson, among others.  The deal was announced by the
 company's president and CEO Jeff Sackman and theatrical division head Mark
 Urman, who plan to release the film in exclusive engagements in 2006. Showtime
 will partner with THINK and will broadcast the film next year.
     A definitive look at the infamous expletive, F**K explores how this
 oft-used word, still widely seen as obscene, somehow permeates every aspect of
 our culture -- from Hollywood, to the schoolyard, to the Senate floor in
 Washington D.C., where it is at the very center of the ongoing debate on Free
 Speech.  F**K examines the word's impact through various interviews, film and
 television clips, and original animation by Oscar-nominee Bill Plympton.
 Scholars and linguists examine its long and colorful history; comedians,
 actors, and writers who have charted and popularized the word defend their
 Constitutional right to use it.  Even people who do "it" for a living are
 interviewed, all in an effort to discover what it is about this one syllable
 word that both unites and polarizes people.
     "Steve has made a wonderfully clever, informative, and energetic film and
 we are not only excited to be releasing it," says Urman, "we are thrilled to
 be among the few companies who CAN!  Everything about the way we advertise,
 publicize and even discuss this film requires us to be thoughtful, original,
 and fresh, and for an independent distributor, there is no greater gift."
     Director Anderson says that the film is a perfect fit for THINK.  "I'm
 thrilled to be in business with a company that welcomes challenging material.
 While others seem to want to play it safe, THINK continues to release films
 that don't fit a traditional mold.  This word is at the very center of the
 ongoing debate over Free Speech in our country and from the moment I began
 this project, I knew we had to find a distributor who would embrace the ideas
 and conflicts that this film explores."
     Steven G. Kaplan, Rainstorm's president states, "Our creative team is
 thrilled to partner with Think and Showtime in releasing our film.  They
 possess the right mix of ingenuity, creativity and guts to bring this project
 to the worldwide film going audience."
     F**K was directed and produced by Anderson through his Mudflap Films
 banner, executive produced by Steven G. Kaplan, Gregg L. Daniel, Bruce
 Leiserowitz, Jory Weitz and Richard Ardi, with editing by Jayne Rodericks,
 cinematography by Andre Fontanelle, original music by Carvin Knowles and
 animation by Bill Plympton.
     The deal for the theatrical distribution was negotiated by Daniel Katz,
 THINKFilm's VP of Acquisitions, and Shaun Redick of ICM and Steve Kaplan of
 Rainstorm Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers.  The deal for the
 broadcast rights was negotiated by Randy Manis, THINKFilm's SVP of
 Acquisitions and Business Affairs, and Showtime's VP of Acquisitions, Larry
 Greenberg.
 
     THINKFilm
     THINKFilm is a privately held production distribution company now in its
 fourth year of operation, boasting four Academy Award nominations in as many
 years, and a win with BORN INTO BROTHELS (2005); MURDERBALL, was recently
 Oscar-nominated for Best Documentary feature.  Upcoming releases: Edward
 Norton/Evan Rachel Wood drama DOWN IN THE VALLEY (May 5); Gael Garcia
 Bernal/William Hurt thriller THE KING (May 19); Amy Sedaris/Stephen
 Colbert/Paul Dinello comedy STRANGERS WITH CANDY (June 28); and Ryan Gosling
 drama, HALF NELSON (August).  For more information, please visit
 www.thinkfilmcompany.com.
 
     RAINSTORM
     Rainstorm is a privately financed development and production company that
 partners with other capital sources including equity investors and
 distributors to develop, produce, finance and sell original story driven
 feature films and documentaries.  The Company recently completed production on
 RED WHITE BLACK AND BLUE and BIG BAD WOLF.  Upcoming projects include the
 Steve Anderson helmed, VLAD THE IMPALER, and Robert Kurtzman's FROST BITES.
 For more information, please visit www.rainstormentertainment.com.
 
 

SOURCE THINKFilm
    NEW YORK, March 28 /PRNewswire/ -- THINKFilm has acquired all worldwide
 rights to F**K, an amusing and provocative documentary by Steve Anderson about
 everyone's favorite four-letter word.  The film, which was recently screened
 to great acclaim at SXSW, features interviews with (in alphabetical order):
 Pat Boone, Drew Carey, Billy Connolly, Sam Donaldson, Janeane Garofolo, Ice-T,
 Ron Jeremy, Bill Maher, Michael Medved, Alanis Morrisette, Kevin Smith and the
 late Hunter S. Thompson, among others.  The deal was announced by the
 company's president and CEO Jeff Sackman and theatrical division head Mark
 Urman, who plan to release the film in exclusive engagements in 2006. Showtime
 will partner with THINK and will broadcast the film next year.
     A definitive look at the infamous expletive, F**K explores how this
 oft-used word, still widely seen as obscene, somehow permeates every aspect of
 our culture -- from Hollywood, to the schoolyard, to the Senate floor in
 Washington D.C., where it is at the very center of the ongoing debate on Free
 Speech.  F**K examines the word's impact through various interviews, film and
 television clips, and original animation by Oscar-nominee Bill Plympton.
 Scholars and linguists examine its long and colorful history; comedians,
 actors, and writers who have charted and popularized the word defend their
 Constitutional right to use it.  Even people who do "it" for a living are
 interviewed, all in an effort to discover what it is about this one syllable
 word that both unites and polarizes people.
     "Steve has made a wonderfully clever, informative, and energetic film and
 we are not only excited to be releasing it," says Urman, "we are thrilled to
 be among the few companies who CAN!  Everything about the way we advertise,
 publicize and even discuss this film requires us to be thoughtful, original,
 and fresh, and for an independent distributor, there is no greater gift."
     Director Anderson says that the film is a perfect fit for THINK.  "I'm
 thrilled to be in business with a company that welcomes challenging material.
 While others seem to want to play it safe, THINK continues to release films
 that don't fit a traditional mold.  This word is at the very center of the
 ongoing debate over Free Speech in our country and from the moment I began
 this project, I knew we had to find a distributor who would embrace the ideas
 and conflicts that this film explores."
     Steven G. Kaplan, Rainstorm's president states, "Our creative team is
 thrilled to partner with Think and Showtime in releasing our film.  They
 possess the right mix of ingenuity, creativity and guts to bring this project
 to the worldwide film going audience."
     F**K was directed and produced by Anderson through his Mudflap Films
 banner, executive produced by Steven G. Kaplan, Gregg L. Daniel, Bruce
 Leiserowitz, Jory Weitz and Richard Ardi, with editing by Jayne Rodericks,
 cinematography by Andre Fontanelle, original music by Carvin Knowles and
 animation by Bill Plympton.
     The deal for the theatrical distribution was negotiated by Daniel Katz,
 THINKFilm's VP of Acquisitions, and Shaun Redick of ICM and Steve Kaplan of
 Rainstorm Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers.  The deal for the
 broadcast rights was negotiated by Randy Manis, THINKFilm's SVP of
 Acquisitions and Business Affairs, and Showtime's VP of Acquisitions, Larry
 Greenberg.
 
     THINKFilm
     THINKFilm is a privately held production distribution company now in its
 fourth year of operation, boasting four Academy Award nominations in as many
 years, and a win with BORN INTO BROTHELS (2005); MURDERBALL, was recently
 Oscar-nominated for Best Documentary feature.  Upcoming releases: Edward
 Norton/Evan Rachel Wood drama DOWN IN THE VALLEY (May 5); Gael Garcia
 Bernal/William Hurt thriller THE KING (May 19); Amy Sedaris/Stephen
 Colbert/Paul Dinello comedy STRANGERS WITH CANDY (June 28); and Ryan Gosling
 drama, HALF NELSON (August).  For more information, please visit
 www.thinkfilmcompany.com.
 
     RAINSTORM
     Rainstorm is a privately financed development and production company that
 partners with other capital sources including equity investors and
 distributors to develop, produce, finance and sell original story driven
 feature films and documentaries.  The Company recently completed production on
 RED WHITE BLACK AND BLUE and BIG BAD WOLF.  Upcoming projects include the
 Steve Anderson helmed, VLAD THE IMPALER, and Robert Kurtzman's FROST BITES.
 For more information, please visit www.rainstormentertainment.com.
 
 SOURCE  THINKFilm