Lawrence Bender holds a degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine. He also pursued a life as a dancer for a short period of time, before facing a career ending injury. Now, alongside Quentin Tarantino, Bender creates some of the best movies America have to offer.
Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender formally operated a production company, A Band Apart. This production company handled a majority of Tarantino’s films, but it also made possible several other classic films like Good WIll Hunting.
A Band A Part shut down in 2006, but Bender didn’t leave the film industry. He created a new production company called Lawrence Bender Productions.
In addition to film and television, Mr. Bender has produced a handful of of live concert DVDs. His involvement in the music industry also includes over a dozen music video production credits.
A recent production from Lawrence Bender is Seven Seconds, a Netflix original series. This series shows the point of view of two groups of people involved in a tragic accident: A New Jersey police department & the family of a child who was ran over by a police officer.
The narrative revolves around the internal conflict of a man who, while talking on the phone, runs over a 15 year old boy on bicycle. His friends in the police help him cover up the tragedy, but things turn for the worst for the police when it is discovered that the boy isn’t dead.
Meanwhile, racial tensions grow in the New Jersey community.
Countdown to Zero
Lawrence Bender is also a producer of several documentaries. One of these documentaries is Countdown to Zero. The film is all about nuclear war, and it argues that the threat of nuclear war has increased, not decreased, since the Cold War.
The film was directed by Lucy Walker, a British documentary film marker, and it released in the United States on July 23rd, 2010.