jeremy_thomasI knew there was a reason that David Cronenberg’s enigmatic film of J.G. Ballard’s Crash is one of my favorite motion pictures. So its producer, Oscar-winner Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky, Naked Lunch, Sexy Beast, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Tideland, Fast Food Nation, and Creation), was the keynote speaker at Film Independent’s 5th annual Filmmaker Forum in Los Angeles this weekend.

In a Q&A, Thomas was asked, “Given these uncertain times with so many distributors going under, how do you know who to do business with and who’s going to be around six months from now?”

“Read Nikki Finke,” he replied.

After the laughter died down, Thomas added, “Or you just smell them.”