Lawrence Bender: Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction had a profound influence on my life. The movie was radical and fantastic compared to anything else the 1990s had to offer. It is not the same to see Travolta and Thurman portray this wild side in the years after. Way too many movies have been influenced by Pulp Fiction for a viewer to understand how it transformed the perceptions of its first viewers. Pulp Fiction was not just a different film, it was a different presentation.

Film shorts that intend to be centered around one particular scene might have been able to pull off what Pulp Fiction did. Yes, it was violent, but it was more comparable to that of a daring dancer refusing to walk through life. The film is a testament to its production team, including Lawrence Bender, who ironically, was initially a dancer. Now, he is an accomplished producer who helped bring acclaim to indie films. Native to the big city, he was born in The Bronx borough of New York City. Lawrence Bender’s upbringing has a unique impact on his movies and fans.

A lifetime activist in environmental and political issues, Lawrence Bender’s life has been filled with more than movies. His reputation and commitment find him part of several worthwhile organizations including Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, CleanSource Power, and The Creative Coalition Inc. Who knows where he would have been had an injury not ended his career as a ballet dancer.

The experience of Lawrence Bender in the entertainment industry spans over 20 years. In 1992, he was part of the team that brought the world Reservoir Dogs. More recently, he won the award for best documentary for his climate change film, An Inconvenient Truth (2006). His influence has spread to commercials and music videos that he produces through his company, A Band Apart. Career success has brought him 29 nominations for the academy awards. 3 of these have been for best picture: Pulp Fiction (1994), Good Will Hunting (1997), and Inglourious Basterds (2009). Fans look forward to his curious minor roles in his productions.