Film producers are often not given the credit they deserve. Lawrence Bender has worked on many of America’s greatest classic movies. He has worked in television shows and even produced a couple of documentaries.
Bender, who was born in New York, worked alongside Al Gore to create An Inconvenient Truth, a documentary about climate change. The film produced almost $50 million at the box office, successfully spreading awareness about the important issue of climate change. The film also received praise from critics.
“You owe it to yourself to see this film,” said Roger Ebert, famous movie critic.
Lawrence Bender conducted an interview with TruthDig about An Inconvenient Truth.
The interviewer questioned the decision to have Al Gore narrate the film, citing the reason for the critique as Gore’s monotonous voice and uncharismatic personality.
Bender defended the decision to have Al Gore take on the role as narrator of the film, saying he had all the characteristics to make an interesting character to watch. “I felt he was funny, he was passionate, [and] grounded,” Bender said in response.
The idea of the movie was actually built around a lecture Al Gore was giving. Bender took the words out of Al Gore’s mouth, quite literally, and turned them into a film.
Not all of Lawrence Bender’s efforts towards the film industry have been so serious. He has created many films for pure entertainment. Films like Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and Jackie Brown are all produced by Bender and feature some of the finest, most unique storytelling to ever grace the silver screen.
Jackie Brown is one of Lawrence Bender’s lesser known works, but it stars a cast of heavy-hitters in Hollywood.
The film begins with Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro sitting in a living room discussing a possible future business relationship. Jackson is a gun pusher, supplying illegal firearms to he criminals of the community. After insinuating to De Niro that he was forced to kill his last partner, Jackson offers him the position.
The title of the film comes from the name of one of Jackson’s business partners, a woman who works for an airline. She smuggles money back from Mexico, but she is caught at the beginning of the movie. The rest of the film revolves around her trying to stay alive, counter plotting against Jackson as he attempts to save himself from imprisonment.