There's nothing good about losing someone like Bingham Ray. However, when so many people feel so terribly sad, there's pleasure in hearing everyone talk about their memories, what a great person he was and how much he's missed.
For now, this is a good start.
-- Dana Harris, Indiewire editor in chief
Remembering Bingham Ray: Part I
After a brief musical intro performed by Bingham's high school friends, Patricia Clarkson and Oliver Platt speak about loving the man who, as Clarkson said, "was a pain in the ass, but he was the independent film world's Prospero."
Remembering Bingham Ray: Part II
Longtime friends Tim Jensen, John Celeste and Randy Ostrow: Jensen remembers a 50-year friendship that included Bingham' cackling laughter and his early fear of scary movies; Ostrow says to Bingham's family: "He loved film, he loved his friends but he loved you most of all and he was always proudest of you."
Remembering Bingham Ray: Part III
Bingham's daughter, Annabel Ray, speaks: "I truly believe that his spirit will forever be with us."
Remembering Bingham Ray: Part IV
Jim Jarmusch, John Turturro, Bill Pullman and David Lynch remember their friend Bingham Ray.
Remembering Bingham Ray: Part V
Richard Abramowitz, who met Bingham when he interviewed for his first job at United Artists, said: "I think that those of us who knew him well came to recognize an unspoken cosmic twist, a pre-Copernican understanding of the world where the planets didn't orbit the sun; they orbited him, as we did."
Ben Barenholtz contributed a video where he addressed the camera. "After all the bluster and all the complaining and all the screaming, there was a serenity and calmness that he never really exhibited very much to anyone. And Nancy, I know that came from you and his astounding love for you and his children. Let us celebrate a great and wonderful human being. His name was Bingham Ray."
[Videographer/editor: Charles Lyons]