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Video: Bingham Ray (1954-2012)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 31, 2012 at 11:55AM

As the independent community mourns the loss of art film champion Bingham Ray, here are some video clips of some of his appearances. Also, check out this New York Magazine profile of Ray and his cohorts at the height of October Film's success. See also the tribute from his poker buddies, read by a choked-up John Cooper on Sundance closing night, as well as our obit and coverage of the impromptu Sundance Memorial. for Ray. Here are his NYT and LAT obits.
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Bingham Ray
(Nick Ut/Associated Press/file 2004)

As the independent community mourns the loss of art film champion Bingham Ray, here are some video clips of some of his appearances. Also, check out this New York Magazine profile of Ray and his cohorts at the height of October Film's success. See also the tribute from his poker buddies, read by a choked-up John Cooper on Sundance closing night, as well as our obit and coverage of the impromptu Sundance Memorial. for Ray. Here are his NYT and LAT obits.

A New York memorial is planned for February 10 at the Paris Theatre. Get there early.

UPDATE: The Berlin International Film Festival will remember Ray with a gathering at the "American Independents in Berlin" Lounge at the European Film Market 2012 on Monday, February 13th at 4:30 pm. Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick, EFM Director Beki Probst, Sony Pictures Classics' Michael Barker and Telluride Festival Co-Founder Tom Luddy will be there.

Also, the 12th edition of Sundance Selects at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theatre (February 17 to March 1) will not only include a special “In Memoriam” screening of the 1980 classic "Altered States" honoring the late Ken Russell, but will also screen Mike Leigh’s 1990 "Life is Sweet," which was Ray's first October Films release, on Monday, February 20 at 6:30PM.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.