By Brittany Carragher
Bingham Ray the co-founder of October Films, one of the top independent film distribution companies of the 1990s, died after suffering a heart attack.
The 57-year-old was attending the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Ray was hospitalized after suffering an apparent stroke. The exact cause of death was not released.
The Sundance Institute issued a statement:
“The Sundance Institute called Ray’s contributions to independent film “indelible.” Ray served as president of United Artists for several years, where he shepherded such films as “Bowling for Columbine” and “Hotel Rwanda.” He also worked at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, where he developed marketing and distribution plans for films including “Death at a Funeral” and “Lars and the Real Girl.”
The Indie Industry has lost a true visionary. Ray has been apart of many influential films that have transformed the industry. The movies that Ray worked on are some of my favorite independent films. I find the film, “Death at a Funeral” to be absolutely hilarious. It is too bad he died at such a young age.
At least, Ray passed away at the Sundance Film Festival; A place where he was recognized and admired.
Rest in Peace Bingham Ray.
Above photo posted by Eugene Hernandez.