'13 Going on 30' Director and Indie Proucer Gary Winick Dies at 49
Hollywood had a big night last night, but sad news follows as IFC News independent film producer Gary Winick has passed away at the young age of 49. Sadly his passing was too late for his name to end up on the traditional "In Memoriam" montage honoring those talents Hollywood lost within the past year. Matt Dentler from Cinetic announced the sad news via Twitter saying, "Gary Winick died today. Too late to make the Oscars tribute, but way too early. He leaves behind a legacy of supporting indie film and NYC." While his work behind the camera may be better known to general audiences, his work in independent film is certainly inspiring. More below.
Aside from directing crowd pleasing films like 13 Going on 30 (a wholly enjoyable romantic comedy that's like Big for a female audience), Letters to Juliet and the live-action adaptation of Charlotte's Web, Winick has also been a powerful ally for independent filmmakers.
The filmmaker is responsible for co-founding InDigEnt, a collective he created with Cinetic's John Sloss and IFC Films to make films for under $100,000 on digital video. IFC says, "Winick gave digital filmmaking credibility at a time when it didn't seem like the inevitability it is today." His work resulted in films like Richard Linklater's Tape, Peter Hedges' Pieces of April and Steve Buscemi's Lonesome Jim and his love, passion and support for indie filmmaking will certainly be missed. Rest in peace, sir.