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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 Christopher Reeve.

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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