Adding to its list of recentpick-ups, Toronto-based THINKFilm has acquired all North American rights to BornInto Brothels directed by RossKauffman and Zana Briski.
The film, which premiered atSundance 2004 and won the documentary audience award, documents the lives ofchildren born into the squalor of Calcutta's red-light district. Briski, aphotographer, gave each of the young subjects a camera and showed them how touse it; the resulting photographs became part of the film. The film went on towin 13 festival prizes from Seattle to Sydney.
Born Into Brothels will openat New York's Film Forum on December8th, and will expand nationally in early 2005. THINKFilm will present it inassociation with HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films, an arrangement it says workedsuccessfully with past releases such as Spellbound and Jonathan Demme's The Agronomist.
The deal was brokered byAndrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company, with THINKFilm senior vice presidentof acquisitions and business affairs Randy Manis, andacquisitions vicepresident Daniel Katz.
THINKFilm recently concludeddeals on several other documentaries including Matt Mahurin's Sundance title ILike Killing Flies; Vikram Jayanti'sGame Over: Kasparov And The Machine,Barry Avrich's The Last Mogul, alook at MCA/Universal studio mogul Lew Wasserman, and Genesis, from the makersof Microcosmos.