THINKFilm Gets Sundance Jury Prize Winner "Primer"
by Eugene Hernandez
THINKFilm has closed its deal for North American rights to Shane Carruth's Sundance 2004 dramatic grand jury prize winner "Primer." The ultra low-budget first feature also won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for a science and technology film at Sundance last month.
Shot in Super 16mm, "Primer" is the story of two engineers, played by Carruth and David Sullivan, determined to create and master a unique invention, made in their garage, that allows them to do things that could only have imagined. Dealing with the ramifications of their creation soon becomes a major challenge.
"'Primer' is a mind-blowing experience that both celebrates and reinvents the sci-fi genre," said THINKFilm head of theatrical distribution Mark Urman in a prepared statement. "In a strong [Sundance] Dramatic Competition it stood apart from the crowd for its narrative innovation, thematic ambition, and stylistic daring. Shane is a major new talent."
THINKFilm's upcoming releases inclyde Lone Scherfig's "Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself," Jonathan Demme's "The Agronomist" and the hit international title, "The Story of the Weeping Camel." Among its recent acquisitions are Stephen Fry's "Bright Young Things" and Bob Smeaton's "Festival Express."