Magazine article Screen International

US Independent Cinema Champion Mark Urman Dies at 66

Magazine article Screen International

US Independent Cinema Champion Mark Urman Dies at 66

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Distribution ace helped Ryan Gosling secure first Oscar nod for Half Nelson.

Mark Urman, the eloquent independent cinema champion who served as distribution president of THINKFilm and founded Paladin Films, has died. He was 66 and had been suffering from cancer.

Urman was a fixture of the circuit and could often be seen at the start of the year at Sundance Film Festival, huddled with friends or colleagues in a restaurant or theatre lobby, debating the merits of a premiere or pursuing an acquisition.

He began his film career as a publicist at United Artists in New York prior to stints at Columbia Pictures and PR firm Dennis Davidson and Associates. …

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