Veteran independent film executive Mark Urman
died Saturday after a short bout with cancer, IndieWire
has confirmed. He was 66. His family requests privacy, and advised a statement will be coming in the next few days.
The Union College
graduate started out in the international publicity department at United Artists
in New York, followed by publicity posts at Columbia Pictures
and the studio’s Triumph Films
, and PR
firm Dennis Davidson and Associates. In 1997, he left Dda
to join Cinepix Film Properties
, then just acquired by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., as the head of U.S. distribution.
That was the start of a passionate career in specialized film, including multiple Oscar contenders like “Monsters Ball,” “Affliction
,” and “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.”
As distribution president at New York indie distributor ThinkFilm
, Urman delivered seven Academy Award nominations in six years. Alex Gibney
’s “Taxi to the Dark Side