Indie film veteran Richard Glasser dies

Career in the independent film biz spanned nearly 30 years

Richard Glasser, an independent film veteran and founder of the International Film Office, died Feb. 23 in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke days earlier. He was 50.

Glasser was stricken on Feb. 18, hours after he returned from the European Film Market in Berlin.

Glasser's career in the indie biz covered more than 28 years. The son of film producer Bernard Glasser, he began in international sales, having worked for such companies as Hemdale and Samuel Goldwyn. He formed IFO in 1991, representing film buyers from all over the world, including Germany, Portugal, Argentina, Poland and the Middle East.

Survivors include his wife Giovanna and daughters Gabriella, Cati and Elissa.

A memorial service will be held in Los Angeles. Glasser was an an avid equestrian, and his family asks that donations go to Dude's Ranch Equine Rescue Center in Acton, Calif.