THINKFilm hasacquired US domestic rights to George Butler and White Mountain's Toronto worldpremiere documentary Going Upriver: The Long War Of John Kerry and plans to open it on limited releasebefore the Presidential Election on Oct 1.
The latest addition to the left-leaning politicaldocumentary canon focuses on key influences in Kerry's life, namely his toursof duty as a Vietnam War hero, his prominence as an outspoken anti-waractivist, and his political career with the Democrats.
"THINK is agreat company and we are delighted to be working with them," Butler saidin a statement. "With their track record in distributing films such as JonathanDemme's The Agronomist,I know my film is in excellent hands."
"George Butler is a master storyteller and nobody createscinematic portraits of daring men at pivotal points in their lives like hecan," Mark Urman, THINKFilm's head of US theatrical distribution, added.
"We are thrilledto be involved with this project and look forward to mounting a campaign andorchestrating a release that, for a number of reasons, will be unlike any wehave ever done."
Liz Manne ofDuopoly, White Mountain legal council Steve Dembitzer, executive producer BillSamuels and Palisades Pictures chief executive officer and executive producerVin Roberti negotiated the deal with THINKFilm's executive vice president ofacquisitions and business affairs Randy Manis.
PalisadesPictures has committed up to $1m to assist with marketing costs.
White Mountain Films is aprivately held holding company formed for the release of George Butler's films.