Lawrence Bender is a Hollywood producer responsible for some of the most notable independent films of the 1990s and the 2000s. Known predominantly for his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino, Lawrence Bender had his first breakthrough hit with Tarantino’s debut, Reservoir Dogs. The film is a classic piece of cinema involving a group of loosely aligned criminals dealing with the chaotic aftermath of a jewel heist gone wrong. While the movie’s avant-garde direction and nonlinear timeline made the film a gamble, Bender’s gambit paid off and kickstarted a lucrative career as a producer.
Tarantino continued his partnership with Lawrence Bender through much of their respective careers which includes Pulp Fiction (where he cameos as “long-haired yuppie scum”), the Kill Bill series, and Inglourious Basterds. Lawrence Bender would also have multiple collaborations with Robert Rodriquez on projects such as From Dusk til Dawn and Four Rooms which also involved Tarantino. During this period, Bender also served as producer for Good Will Hunting which launched the careers of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. All through the 90s, Bender showed a knack for taking on projects with independent filmmakers and making stars.
As Lawrence Bender moved into the 2000s, he produced the Al Gore documentary An Inconvenient Truth which has since become synonymous with climate change awareness. Other Bender-produced documentaries include The Youngest Candidate in 18-20 years running for public office and Countdown to Zero on nuclear proliferation during the War on Terror. Moving into the 2010s, Bender produced Mel Gibson’s gritty war piece Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorsese’s spiritual epic Silence, again demonstrating a desire to produce films somewhat out of synch with the rest of the Hollywood trends. Bender also returned to produce An Inconvenient Sequel and the upcoming Kill Bill: Vol 3. Lawrence Bender has made a long and profitable career in Hollywood by embracing enthusiastic independence in filmmakers, wowing audiences and shaping cinema for three decades.