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May 12, 2006 8:29 AM
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ThinkFilm Makes Worldwide Deal for "Off The Black"; Will Sell International Rights at Cannes Market

James Ponsoldt's "Off The Black" has been acquired by ThinkFilm, in a worldwide rights deal announced by the company Thursday. Think will be handling international sales for the film at the Cannes market next week. A 2006 Sundance Film Festival debut, the film is described as the "coming-of-age story of teenager who copes with his own distant father by forming an unlikely friendship with a disheveled, irascible high school umpire."

The film stars Nick Nolte, Trevor Morgan, Timothy Hutton, and Sally Kirkland. It was produced by Scott Macaulay and Robin O'Hara of Forensic Films, and executive produced by Bob Hariri, Meg Mortimer, Maggie Meade and Steve Kalafer.

"James is a wonderful, classical storyteller, and he has shown equal strength with a veteran like Nick and a newer performer like Trevor, both of whom are absolutely marvelous in the film," said ThinkFilm head of theatrical distribution Mark Urman in a statement.

Daniel Katz, ThinkFilm VP of acquisitions, and Richard Rapkowski, ThinkFilm VP of business and legal affairs, negotiated the deal with Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company and Victoria Cook of Frankfult, Kurnit, Klein and Selz, on behalf of the producers.

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