Pulp fiction, the crème de la crème of pulp classics. When this movie broke records in 1994, being the first independent film to bank over $200 million, it set the stage for Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender’s movie making love affair. Racy, sexy and drugged out, Pulp Fiction was an action-packed drama no one was expecting. It was nominated for over 20 awards, landing an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for best screenplay in 1995. Producer Lawrence Bender had struck gold and wasn’t planning on stopping there, he produced all but three of Tarantino’s films.
Born in The Bronx in 1957 to a Jewish family and growing up in New Jersey, Lawrence Bender followed in his grandfather’s footsteps majoring in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine in 1979. Bender got his first taste of the film industry in 1980 working as a technician on the set of the horror TV series Tales From The Dark Side. He moved into producing in 1989 working with Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell on the film Intruder. However, Lawrence Bender wasn’t mapped until after releasing Reservoir Dogs in 1992. He’s continued to do nothing but produce blockbusters since. Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds and Good Will Hunting have racked him in over 30 Academy Award nominees, winning a total of eight. He won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for the film An Inconvenient Truth, which unearths the important idiosyncratic awareness of climate change.
Bender is an undoubted advocate and activist for social and political issues. His last documentary, Countdown To Zero, shines a light on the demanding risks of the proliferation of terrorism and misuse of nuclear weapons, featuring Presidents Gorbachev and Carter as well as former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
He has received the Torch of Liberty award from ACLU and was named a Wildlife Hero by the National Wildlife Federation. He also is on the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability Advisory Board and fundraisers regularly for social and political causes in Los Angeles.