Bob Murawski

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Bob Murawski
Born Robert Lee Murawski
(1964-06-14) June 14, 1964 (age 49)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Other names Dutch Murawski
Occupation film editor, distributor
Spouse(s) Christina "Chris" Innis (2008–present)

Bob Murawski (born June 14, 1964) is an American film editor as well as a film distributor of cult horror and independent films under the "Box Office Spectaculars" and "Grindhouse Releasing" labels. He was awarded the 2010 Academy Award, BAFTA, and A.C.E. awards for "Best Film Editing" on the feature film, The Hurt Locker, shared with fellow editor, Chris Innis. He often works with film director Sam Raimi, having edited the first three original Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man films.[1] He is an elected member of the American Cinema Editors.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Murawski was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in the thumb of Michigan. He was the valedictorian at his high school in Bad Axe, Michigan, and graduated from Michigan State University with a major in Telecommunications. Soon after graduation, he interned with Detroit-based film sub-distributor, Bob Mason of Mason Releasing. Murawski then moved to Hollywood, where he worked as an assistant editor on several films, including Raimi's comic-book-inspired picture Darkman.[1]

Film editing[edit]

Murawski has largely worked as a film editor, primarily for director/producer Sam Raimi, on films including Army of Darkness,The Gift, Drag Me to Hell and the Spider-Man series of films. He also co-edited the Academy Award winning film, The Hurt Locker with editor Chris Innis.[1] Raimi has said of working with Murawski:

"He’d come (down to the set) to see how things were going and to let me know if he’d just cut something that wasn’t working the way he’d wanted it to, or to suggest a pick-up shot I should get for a piece he felt we needed in a sequence I hadn’t realized I needed. He’s very detail-oriented... So we’re very close collaborators."

Raimi finds editing with Murawski to be "relaxing", adding:

"I love it... I can watch the film come together, so it’s a time of discovery for me as Bob and I fit all the pieces together."[3]

Murawski has also cut music videos for such groups as The Ramones, Motörhead, and Sublime.[1] He edited the 2013 Sam Raimi fantasy film Oz the Great and Powerful.[4] He is represented by International Creative Management (ICM).[1]

Film distribution[edit]

In 1995, born out of a mutual love for rare and unseen cult films, Bob Murawski and the late actor/director Sage Stallone formed Grindhouse Releasing.[5] Murawski continues to run Grindhouse and partner Box Office Spectaculars, both companies that restore, preserve, and distribute classic cult and Euro-horror films. The two labels have digitally remastered classic cult films such as The Swimmer starring Burt Lancaster, The Big Gundown starring Lee Van Cleef and Tomas Milian, Lucio Fulci's spaghetti-horror masterpiece, E tu vivrai nel terrore (aka The Beyond) as well as Italian cannibal films Make Them Die Slowly (aka Cannibal Ferox), Cannibal Holocaust, American cult film I Drink Your Blood (1970) (directed by David E. Durston), and director Juan Piquer Simón's cult horror film, Pieces. The company is currently presenting the release of An American Hippie in Israel (on Blu-ray/DVD) and Duke Mitchell's previously unreleased independent feature, Gone with the Pope (screening theatrically).[1] Box Office Spectaculars and Grindhouse has also handled the theatrical re-release and negative restoration of director Sam Raimi's cult horror film, The Evil Dead as well as helming the digital restorations (in association with Columbia Pictures/Sony) of the rare spaghetti western The Big Gundown and The Swimmer directed by Frank Perry.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Murawski is married to film editor Christina "Chris" Innis. The two editors met while working together on the Universal/CBS television series American Gothic and married in 2008.[8] The pair has worked together on the Academy Award winning film The Hurt Locker, and on several Sam Raimi productions such as The Gift, and Spider-Man films, as well as collaborating on Grindhouse Releasing/Box Office Spectaculars releases.[1]

Selected Filmography[edit]

Film Editing[edit]

Film distributor[edit]

  • Cannibal Ferox (aka Make them Die Slowly) - (Grindhouse Releasing) - released LD: 1997; VHS: 1999: DVD: July 2000
  • Cat in the Brain (aka Nightmare Concert, Un gatto nel cervello) - (Box Office Spectaculars) - released LD: 1998, DVD: 2009
  • The Beyond (aka Seven Doors of Death, E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà) - (Grindhouse Releasing) - released DVD: October 2000, re-released 2008
  • I Drink Your Blood (aka Hydro-Phobia) - (Box Office Spectaculars) - released DVD: 2002; re-released 2006
  • Cannibal Holocaust - (Grindhouse Releasing) - released DVD: 2005, re-released 2008
  • Pieces (aka Mil gritos tiene la noche) - (Box Office Spectaculars) - released DVD: October 2008
  • Gone with the Pope (aka Kiss the Ring) - (Box Office Spectaculars / Grindhouse Releasing) - released 2010 (theatrical)
  • An American Hippie in Israel (aka Ha-Trempist, The Hitch Hiker) - (Box Office Spectaculars / Grindhouse Releasing)

(Blu-ray/DVD release, 2013)

  • Corruption - (Box Office Spectaculars / Sony Pictures) (Restoration, Blu-ray/DVD release, 2013)
  • The Big Gundown (aka La resa dei conti) - (Box Office Spectaculars / Sony Pictures) (Restoration, Blu-ray/DVD release, 2013)
  • The Swimmer - (Box Office Spectaculars / Sony Pictures) (Restoration, Blu-ray/DVD release, 2014)

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bob Murawski at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ American Cinema Editors - Official web site
  3. ^ [1] - Post Magazine "Director's Chair: Sam Raimi - Drag Me to Hell" by Ian Blair, July 1, 2009
  4. ^ Collider.com - Synopsis
  5. ^ [2] Interview with exploitation film distributor Bob Murawski of Grindhouse Releasing
  6. ^ The Evil Dead Returns To The Big Screen!
  7. ^ Original EVIL DEAD roaring back to the big screen
  8. ^ Horror at the Oscars 3: The Spawning
  9. ^ http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/82/nominees.html
  10. ^ http://www.bafta.org/awards/film/film-awards-nominations,949,BA.html
  11. ^ Hurt Locker, Avatar, District 9 among ACE nominees
  12. ^ "Indie Heavy Golden Satellite Nods", Indewire, by Peter Knegt, November 29, 2009
  13. ^ Brevet, Brad (2009-12-21). "'Hurt Locker' Leads Pack with Four Wins at 2009 Satellite Awards". Ropeofsilicon.com. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  14. ^ http://www.awardsdaily.com/?p=17443
  15. ^ Variety "'Hurt Locker' tops with Boston critics: Pic takes four other kudos as journos hand out honors" by Daniel Kimmel, December 13, 2009
  16. ^ Davis, Don (2009-12-16). "'Hurt Locker' wins big with Vegas critics". Variety. Retrieved 2009-12-17.
  17. ^ Indiewire "Serious Man, Firth, Swinton Among Cinephile Society Winners" by Peter Knegt, February 17, 2010
  18. ^ Variety "BFCA announces its nominees" by Stuart Levine, December 14, 2009
  19. ^ Post Production Buyers Guide, Hollywood Post Alliance, "Hollywood Post Alliance Announce 2009 Award Nominees", October 1, 2009
  20. ^ Variety "Nominees announced for post awards" by David S. Cohen, October 1, 2009
  21. ^ http://www.afi.com/tvevents/afiawards04/movies04.aspx

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