GOOD WILL HUNTING
LAWRENCE BENDER - Concurrently with Good Will Hunting,
producer Lawrence Bender completed Miramax's A Price Above
Rubies, starring Renee Zellweger, Julianna Margulies and Chris
Eccleston directed by Boaz Yakin in New York City, to be released
in March 1998. He simultaneously produced Quentin Tarantino's
Jackie Brown, filmed on location in Los Angeles with Pam
Crier, Samuel Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael
Keaton and Robert De Niro, to be released by Miramax in December.
Bender's longterm relationship with Miramax began in 1992,
when Miramax picked up Reservoir Dogs, his first feature
film with partner Quentin Tarantino. The film won Italy's Raymond
Chandler Award and was voted Best Picture by the Australian Film
Critics. Bender went on to executive produce Killing Zoe,
about a Paris bank heist, and to produce Fresh, an offbeat,
urban drama directed by Boaz Yakin, starring Giancarlo Esposito,
Samuel L. Jackson and Sean Nelson. The film appeared in the Directors
Fortnight section of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and won both
the Filmmakers Award and a special Best Actor Award for Nelson
at the Sundance Film Festival.
In 1993, Bender produced the Academy Award winning Pulp Fiction,
written and directed by Tarantino. Pulp Fiction received
seven Academy Award nominations, was the 1994 Palme d'Or winner
at the Cannes Film Festival and debuted as the number one film
in America in its domestic release. The film won praise from critics,
gathering numerous additional awards, becoming an international
cult sensation along the way and landing Bender and Tarantino
a firstlook deal with Miramax Films.
Bender produced and released two films in 1995: White Man's
Burden and Four Rooms. White Man's Burden, written
and directed by Desmond Nakano, starred John Travolta, Harry Belafonte
and Kelly Lynch. Four Rooms was an anthology of four interconnected
stories, each written and directed by different filmmakers: Quentin
Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Alex Rockwell and Allison Anders.
In 1996, Bender produced From Dusk Till Dawn, written by
Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez, starring George Clooney,
Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis and Quentin Tarantino.
Bender developed his passion for the arts while studying for his
degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Maine. He began
attending dance classes, eventually touring the Northeast with
the Ralph Robertson Ballet Company. he moved to New York City
hoping to make dance his career and won a scholarship to "Fame"
choreographer Louis Falco's dance academy. After sustaining a
dance injury, he ventured into acting, studying with coach Sandra
Seacat alongside such actors as Jessica Lange, Mickey Rourke and
In 1985, he began work as a production assistant on projects at
the American Film Institute. He later produced the film, Intruder,
directed by Scott Spiegel starring Sam Raimi. Spiegel introduced
Bender to the work of aspiring screenwriter/director Quentin Tarantino,
thus launching the team's successful partnership. Bender lives
in Los Angeles.
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