THINKFilm Takes on "Protocols of Zion" for Autumn Roll out
by Brian Brooks
Marc Levin's Sundance 2005 documentary "Protocols of Zion," which explores a resurgence of anti-Semitism in the post-9/11 world, has been acquired by THINKFilm, the company's president and CEO, Jeff Sackman announced Thursday afternoon. Mark Urman, THINKFilm's theatrical division head negotiated the deal along with Sackman and senior V.P. of acquisitions and business affairs, Randy Manis with John Sloss and Micah Green of Cinetic Media. The Toronto and New York-based company plans to release the film in autumn of this year.
Levin's "Protocals of Zion" follows the director as he speaks with a diverse group of Arab-Americans, black nationalists, Christian evangelicals, Aryan skinheads, Kabbalist rabbis and Holocaust deniers and survivors in a dialog about Jews. Levin's film, according to a THINKFilm release, "draws inspiration from an encounter he had in a New York taxi not long after 9/11, in which his driver, an Egyptian immigrant, made the startling claim that the Jews had been warned not to go to work at the World Trade Center on the day of the attack. He then said that 'it's all written in the book,' referring to 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,'" The book is a forged work created over a century ago, purporting to be "the Jews' master plan to rule the world," which has been proven a fake, but was a crucial influence on Hitler.
"'Protocols of Zion' is like an alarm that rings loud and clear," commented Sackman in a statement. "We at THINK are committed to doing whatever we can, both professionally and personally, to make sure that it is heard by as many people, of as many faiths as possible."
Upcoming THINKFilm releases include Jonathan Nossiter's Cannes 2004 competition film, "Mondovino," and Nimrod Antal's romantic thriller, "Kontroll." Award-winning doc "Murderball" by Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro will open in theaters this summer, along with Paul Provenza's "The Aristocrats."