Bend It Like Beckham may get all the headlines, but as far as pure, unadulterated soccer films go, there’s no better one than Goal!: The Dream Begins. Goal!: The Dream Begins was produced by Lawrence Bender, the man behind such legendary Hollywood films as Inglourious Basterds, Good Will Hunting, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and 2, An Inconvenient Truth, Jackie Brown, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Born in 1957 in New York City’s world-famous borough the Bronx, Lawrence Bender has made a career out of having an eye for great stories and ensuring that they lose nothing during the transition from page to screen. As such, and especially considering Bender’s resume, one of the best compliments I can give Goal!: The Dream Begins is to say that Lawrence Bender’s work on the film is one of the best examples of his skills as a producer to date.
Goal!: The Dream Begins is a story about a young Mexican American named Santiago Munez who is plucked from obscurity and his modest upbringing in Los Angeles and thrust into the middle of the world of professional soccer in England after a British scout discovers him. Over the course of his first season as a professional footballer, we witness Santiago’s struggles and triumphs as he transitions from following his dreams to facing the reality of what a dream come true actually looks like in the real world.
What makes Goal!: The Dream Begins so special is its ability to perfectly balance the wide-eyed optimism of pursuing your dreams with the stark realism you will face as you struggle to face the consequences of making your dreams come true. It is an inspiring story but with the caveat that you should be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it. By that, I simply mean that Goal!: The Dream Begins doesn’t sugarcoat the realities of the life of a professional soccer player, which enables its message to hit home in a way that being too realistic or too optimistic would never allow.
That type of balanced storytelling is the reason Goal!: The Dream Begins is my favorite Lawrence Bender film. That’s saying quite a bit considering Bender has produced three films that have earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture (Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction, and Good Will Hunting). Despite the greatness of those films, I stand firmly by my belief that Goal!: The Dream Begins is the best movie Lawrence Bender has ever produced.
Lawrence Bender is from the Bronx, New York, where he was born on 17th October 1957. His official name is Lawrence Kirk Bender. This actor is well-known for his role in several movies, including the Pulp Fiction, which was released in 1994 and Inglourious basterds Vol. 1 in 2003, among others. He is also a co-founder of a record firm known as A Band Apart Records that he started alongside Quentin Tarantino. The company is set to focus on movie soundtracks, and they plan to distribute its release via Maverick Records.
He has a distinctive feature of being the sole producer of two firms that competed simultaneously at the Film Festival in Berlin. The films were known as the Good Will Hunting and Jackie Brown. Both these films were released in 1997. Apart from films and television productions, he has also produced numerous commercials and music videos in his company successfully. A Band Apart has had the pleasure to produce different commercial sports for big directors like Tim Burton, McG, and John Woo. Their music videos also portray famous directors like Nigel Dick and Wayne Isham. In 2011 alone, the company managed to shoot 75music videos and commercials. They also won more than 10 MTV nominations under the Music Video Award category.
Lawrence Bender Family and Education Background
Lawrence hailed from Romania and attended the Maine University. There, he studied civil engineering. Before making a shift to acting, Lawrence was a ballet dancer. He quit ballet due to a dance injury. After studying under Sandra Seacat, he later started producing films.
Bender is a not only a business partner but also a good friend of Quentin Tarantino. He also got mentioned in Jane Hamsher’s book titled Killer Instinct. Lawrence also appeared in the dramatic jury in 2000 at the Sundance Film Festival.
His Best Movie
Lawrence Bender has produced numerous movies over time, but my all-time best is the Inglourious basterds Vol. 1. I love action, mystery, and thriller movies and this one just hit the spot. The many mysteries, questions, and action in this film make it a killer movie for me. It has shown that movies can be made differently by incorporating new ideas. The movie just brought a new way of acting to our screens. The actors also knew what they were doing and delivered their lines in the most enticing way possible. For example, the way the bride fights to get to Bill is simply how I love my action movies to go like. This by far is my best Lawrence Bender movie yet.
When someone thinks of the words ‘’human rights advocate’’ they associate it with negativity. The words vigilante or disobedient come to mind. To me an advocate represents courage, strength and perseverance. This describes Thor Halvorssen as a person.
He started at a young age advocating in 1989 by organizing opposition to South African apartheid. But due to his father becoming a political prisoner is when Halvorssen became fully involved in the individual rights and in the promotion of due process. He founded the New York based Human Rights foundation after his mother was killed during a political protest.
Halvorssen seeks freedom for political prisoners and democracy for his home land Latin America. Thor Halvorssen went from advocating since a small child to becoming the founder and CEO of the Oslo Freedom Forum. It’s an annual global gathering described as a ‘’ human rights festival in a spectacular form’’. Since starting is foundation he has secured the release of seven prisoners. Even provided evidence to Truth Commissions. Now is that doesn’t deserve recognition then I don’t know what does.
Thor is actually making a difference against the injustice he believes in. to make it even better he is the Patron of the Prague based Children’s Peace Movement; On Own Feet.
Sadly with all his accomplishments they still attack him. Calling him an ‘’an idiot tool’’ for the U. S government. That his campaigns are just ‘’moronic ideas’’. But what is worse standing for something or standing for nothing? I believe people fear what they don’t understand. Since they can’t join him in his quest for pro-democracy advocacy, they will try to beat him.
Thor Halvorssen was present with a presidential silver medal to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Romanian Evolution of 1989. Even the University of Pennsylvania honored him in his achievements for protecting student speech. Through all this he’s a successful film producer focusing on matters at hand that we choose to ignore. Human trafficking, dictatorship, human rights and the threats to democracy. These threats are real and we need to wake up.
Born on March 9, 1976, to a wealthy Venezuelan family, Thor Halvorssen spent his childhood years in Venezuela and immigrated to the United States as a young adult. His father was an overseas investigator and anti-narcotics for the Venezuelan government at the time. His mother was shot and later succumbed to her wounds in 2004 during a peaceful demonstration in Venezuela. He is heavily involved in pro-democracy advocacy, civil liberties, individual rights, public interest advocacy, and matters relating to public policy. In 1993, his father was arrested for investigating money laundering allegations against the notorious Medellin Cartel but was later released after being found innocent of all charges. Thor Halvorssen went to the University of Pennsylvania where he concurrently graduated with undergraduate degrees in History and Political Science. Thor Halvorssen is a film producer, human rights activist, and the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum.
The Oslo Freedom Forum
The Oslo Freedom Forum is a group of zealous human rights, democracy, and social justice advocates devoted to the elevation of human rights in the world. From inspiring free expression to promoting the rule of law, the Oslo Freedom Forum is committed to the pursuit creative methods of increasing human freedom. Members are spread all over the world from all walks of life; from political dissidents spending their lives under dictatorial governments, to tech geniuses advocating freedom of speech in Western nations. The movement upholds its belief of a free life without negative interference from the government.
Human Right Foundation
The Human Rights Foundation is an independent non-profit-making organization committed to the protection and promotion of human rights at an international level. The organisation is founded on the ideals of human rights activism and focuses on uniting societies towards the common goals of supporting liberal democracy and protecting human rights.
Moving Picture Institute
Moving Picture Institute is a film production company committed to producing films that educate the masses about human rights and freedoms as well as support millions of politically oppressed societies all over the world. Filmmakers and actors willing to tell the story of their freedom have a perfect home in Moving Picture Institutes. Most of these actors end up having very successful careers in Hollywood.
Ny Tid Newspaper
In 2010, Thor Halvorssen purchased Ny Tid, a Norwegian global oriented monthly newspaper. The newspaper provides a forum for human rights and freedom activists to engage their audience freely.