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In Memoriam: Gary Winick (director, producer, co-founder of InDigEnt)

Ryan Mahoney

by: Ryan Mahoney
February 28th, 2011

Gary Winick passed away at age 49

Producer and director Gary Winick passed away yesterday after a battle with brain cancer at the age of 49. Although he has directed several big studio pictures (including CHARLOTTE’S WEB, 13 GOING ON 30, and most recently LETTERS TO JULIET in 2010), Winick will leave behind a lasting legacy in the independent film community.

Winick co-founded InDigEnt (short for Independent Digital Entertainment) in 1999, which produced 19 films over the next ten years. InDigEnt helped filmmakers make their films for under $100,000 using digital technology, and Winick produced several successful indies such as Richard Linklater’s TAPE, CHELSEA WALLS, PERSONAL VELOCITY, PIECES OF APRIL, and LONESOME JIM. Winick’s own film TADPOLE was bought by Miramax in 2002 at the Sundance film festival.

This really is a tough pill to swallow. While I am not a fan of Winick’s mainstream films, I admire that he had success in both the independent and studio worlds. His impact on independent film is undeniable, and he has left this world much too soon.

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  • Anonymous

    I got the privilege of meeting Gary a few years ago when he came to speak at UT (he got his masters here). Very interesting man, really terrible that he’s gone.

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