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Bingham Ray, a veteran of the indie film scene, has been hospitalized in Provo, Utah, following a stroke, the San Francisco Film Society, where Ray currently serves as executive director, confirmed on Saturday.
Ray, who previously co-founded October Films and was president of United Artists, joined the San Francisco Film Society in November and oversees the San Francisco Film Festival.
Word of Ray’s hospitalization spread through Park City on Saturday afternoon and was talked about extensively at film screenings. He had been attending the Art House Convergence Conference in Salt Lake City, prior to heading to the Sundance Film Festival, when he became ill and was taken to a hospital.
The Film Society issued a statement, in the name of SFFS board president Pat McBaine, saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Bingham for a speedy and full recovery and our sympathies go out to his family and his many friends and colleagues at Sundance and throughout the independent film world.”
The Sundance Institute also issued a statement, in which it said, “We have reached out to Bingham and his family and the San Francisco Film Society to offer our support and are pleased to hear that he is being well cared for. On behalf of the community of independent film fans in Park City and elsewhere, we send Bingham our best wishes for a speedy recovery.”
Email: Gregg.Kilday@THR.com; Daniel.Miller@THR.com
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