Good Will Hunting (1997) was one of the most exciting and surprising movies of my life. It did not take long to fully captivate me into a deep-seated plot. I am an intellectual, and so, this film hit home. However, I am also well educated, and yet, was not offended. Quite the contrary. Lawrence Bender helped bring about a film that touched upon the essence of what true intelligence is. It spoke to the hearts of young minds (including my own) that believe in the idealism of the greatest teachers.
I believe Good Will Hunting was an original film that went to the edge of what viewers had come to expect. It is obvious that it inspired several other movies and tv shows of our time. The film challenged the status quo, and it was apparent that it would affect the reputation of anyone involved. No producer who disseminates propaganda for an administration would have touched the project. It was an honest effort that challenged us to look at how we prepare ourselves for life.
Lawrence Bender was Born in New York City. One can only imagine what would have become of him had he not suffered a career-ending injury as a ballet dancer. A lifetime environmental and political activist, his life has always been about more than movies. He is involved in charitable organizations that include Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, CleanSource Power, LLC and The Creative Coalition Inc.
For over 20 years, Lawrence Bender has blessed the entertainment industry with his amazing talents. One of his earliest works was the iconic Reservoir Dogs (1992). A decade and a half later, his production of An Inconvenient Truth (2006), a film about climate change, won him the award for best documentary. In addition to films, Lawrence Bender produces commercials and music videos. Overall, he has been nominated for 29 academy awards. Among these have been 3 for best picture: Pulp Fiction (1994), Good Will Hunting, and Inglourious Basterds (2009). He is also known for intriguing fans by taking on a small movie roll in his productions.