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Gary Winick, director and producer, passes away


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Filmmaker Gary Winick passed away Sunday evening. He was 49.

“Gary Winick died today,” Matt Dentler Tweeted during the Oscar telecast. “Too late to make the Oscars tribute, but way too early. He leaves behind a legacy of supporting indie film and NYC.”

A producer and director, Winick crossed most people’s radars when he directed the indie hit “Tadpole” in 2002. He quickly moved to mainstream success with Jennifer Garner’s “13 Going on 30” and the live-action updated of “Charlotte’s Web.” His last picture was the romantic drama “Letters to Juliet,” with Amanda Seyfried.

“By luring the likes of Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and then-budding auteurs like Rodrigo Garcia and Rebecca Miller, Winick gave digital filmmaking credibility at a time when it didn’t seem like the inevitability it is today and, better yet, produced 19 films between 2001 to 2007 that included gems such as Linklater’s ‘Tape,’ Miller’s ‘Personal Velocity,’ Peter Hedges’ ‘Pieces of April’ and Steve Buscemi’s ‘Lonesome Jim’ and Andrew Wagner’s ‘Starting Out in the Evening,’” IFC.com writes.

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