It is not often that a producer gets to change Hollywood with just one film. Well, one producer has been able to rock cinema for over three decades. But it was his 1993 hit that people still talk about today. That producer, Lawrence Bender, has been challenging the conventions of the movie business ever since his days as Quentin Tarantino’s right-hand man.
Mr. Bender’s story starts in the 1980s when the young producer was looking to make a name for himself. It wasn’t easy. Bender spent years toiling as a production assistant and later as a producer of straight to video slasher films. It wasn’t until 1990 that Lawrence Bander had a chance to show Hollywood what he could do.
It was a fateful meeting with another ambitious young man that kicked Bender’s career into high gear. That young man was none-other than Quentin Tarantino. While chatting each other up, Tarantino pitched the idea of a heist movie. Bender, seeing the gem in the idea, encouraged Tarantino to write up the screenplay. The result was the arthouse hit “Reservoir Dogs” which is considered a shocking piece of masterful art house cinema.
After the success of the first film, the duo decided to swing for the fences and make a movie that would raise the bar of filmmaking. The result was “Pulp Fiction,” now considered one of the greatest films of all time. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where it would go on to win the top prize. Starring Samuel Jackson, John Travolta, and Bruce Willis, the film “Pulp Fiction” is still adored as the peak of independent cinema. Produced by Bender for just $8 million dollars, the film went on to gross over $100 million in the domestic box office. Lawrence Bender would go on to earn the first of three Academy Award nominations.
Born in the Bronx, in 1962, Lawrence Bender has been producing in Hollywood for over three decades. In that time, Bender has produced almost 60 projects from big Hollywood films like “Good Will Hunting” to the Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” As he enters his next decade of film production, Lawrence Bender looks to raise the bar and challenge the conventions of filmmaking.