ShowEast to salute indie producer Randy Ostrow


Randy Ostrow (r) and Bingham RayFilm producer Randy Ostrow will be honored with ShowEast 2014’s “Bingham Ray Spirit Award” during the Final Night Banquet and Awards Ceremony hosted by The Coca-Cola Company, on Oct. 30 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. The Bingham Ray Spirit Award was established in 2012 in honor of the late Bingham Ray, one of the most beloved people in the independent film world, and shines a light on an individual who has shown exemplary foresight and creativity in the world of independent film.

“When it comes to producing independent films that are entertaining, enlightening, and sometimes push boundaries, Randy is without rival,” says Andrew Sunshine, co-managing director of ShowEast. Ostrow follows previous Bingham Ray Spirit Award winners Richard Abramowitz, Eamonn Bowles, Ben Barenholtz, Tom Prassis and Arnie Sawyer.

Randy Ostrow began his film career in the late 1970s in New York, where he worked on a variety of low-budget projects before deciding to try his hand at  producing. In 1988, he co-produced Paramount Pictures' Let It Ride, starring Richard Dreyfuss, and in 1990 he produced State of Grace, starring Sean Penn, Gary Oldman and Ed Harris, for Orion Pictures.

Boaz Yakin’s Fresh, which Ostrow produced in 1993, appeared in the New Directors Series at the Museum of Modern Art; was in competition at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival; and won the Filmmaker's Trophy at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival. Ostrow co-produced The Jerky Boys for Caravan Pictures in 1994, and then produced the Vietnam sequence of the Hughes Brothers' Dead Presidents, also for Caravan. He produced Julian Schnabel's Basquiat, a biography of the painter Jean Michel Basquiat, for Miramax, and served as executive producer of M. Night Shayamalan’s Wide Awake and Caravan Pictures' Washington Square, directed by Agnieszka Holland. His other producing credits include GLAAD Media Award nominee The Mudge Boy and Lucky McKee’s The Woods. Ostrow has worked in other capacities on such films as Michael Cimino's Year of the Dragon, David Mamet's Things Change, John Woo's A Better Tomorrow II and Sydney Pollack's The Firm.

Beginning in 1997, Ostrow began working with his childhood friend, Bingham Ray, on a variety of projects. While Ray was head of United Artists, Ostrow was a producer and production consultant at UA. Prior to that, he served as executive VP of production at USA Films, the feature film production company that grew out of the consolidation of October Films, Gramercy Pictures and elements of Polygram Filmed Entertainment. Prior to the formation of USA Films, Ostrow worked for Ray as head of production at October Films. At October and USA, he supervised the productions of Happiness, Three Seasons, Cookie’s Fortune, Joe Gould’s Secret, Agnes Browne, Up at the Villa, The Muse, One Night at McCool’s, Condo Painting, The Last Days, Traffic, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Session 9, The Kid Stays in the Picture and Possession.

ShowEast 2014 will take place Oct. 27-30 and will feature screenings of major upcoming films, sponsored events, timely seminars and a trade show. An estimated 1,300 members of the motion picture industry are expected to attend.

(Photo: Randy Ostrow [r] and Bingham Ray)