Many people come to Hollywood in hopes of making it big. However, one producer was not only able to beat the odds, he was able to change the face of Hollywood forever. That producer, Lawrence Bender, has been rocking the world of movies for over three decades.
The story of Lawrence Bender doesn’t begin at the top. In fact, Mr. Bender was a lowly producer of B-movies for several years on the outskirts of Hollywood. It took the young producer a chance meeting with another aspiring filmmaker to give him his big break.
That meeting took place at a mutual friend’s barbecue when Mr. Bender met Quentin Tarantino, who was looking to make his move into Hollywood. During the meeting, Tarantino pitched Bender the idea of a movie about a heist gone wrong. The young producer, sensing a great story, encouraged Tarantino to go ahead and write the screenplay.
The result was a film called “Reservoir Dogs.” Produced for about $2 million dollars, “Reservoir Dogs” is considered one of the seminal independent films of the 1990s. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1991 to rave reviews. Soon afterward, the two would team up on a film that would not only give the two their big break but change the world of movies for the better.
The duo’s follow-up film “Pulp Fiction” not only blew away audiences but, was listed as one of the top films of the year. The whirlwind year for Bender and Tarantino would end in a nomination for Best Picture at the 1994 Academy Awards.
Born in the Bronx in 1962, Lawrence Bender has produced well over 50 films in his 3-decade career. The producer has also widespread industry recognition including three nominations for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Among the films produced by Mr. Bender include “Good Will Hunting,” “Jackie Brown,” and “Inglorious Basterds.” As he enters his next decade of movie production, Lawrence Bender will seek to break more ground in the filmmaking world.