RiverBend Films

Kevin G. Bender
Co-Founder, Managing Director
RiverBend Films

Kevin G. Bender, Esq.
Biography

Kevin G. Bender is the critically-acclaimed director and producer of The Receipt (2008) and The Quantum Suicide of Sophie Miller (2014), along with three other feature-length films and over forty additional film and video projects including commercials, music videos, documentaries, and narrative short films. He is also a published author, entrepreneur, experienced financial professional, musician, composer, graphic artist, and web developer. Mr. Bender co-founded RiverBend Films in October 2005 to produce and finance the independent feature film Below the Beltway. As the principal creative force behind over forty productions produced by RiverBend Films, Mr. Bender has overseen production teams of more than 100 people and projects that have required as long as three years to bring to fruition.

Among his most significant accomplishments are RiverBend Films's flagship film The Receipt and The Quantum Suicide of Sophie Miller. Released in April 2008, The Receipt is a romantic comedy made using techniques and technologies mirroring those available to major Hollywood film production companies. At the time of its release, The Receipt was the longest, most expensive, and most ambitious project ever undertaken by an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia. The Quantum Suicide of Sophie Miller, based on the award-winning one-act play of the same name, is a sophisticated, intellectual science-fiction and psychological drama requiring extensive computer generated effects and involving a production team of well over 100 individuals and requiring three years to complete. The finished film is pending submissions to film festivals nationwide.

Mr. Bender graduated with distinction, manga cum laude, from the University of Virginia in 2008 with a degree in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity. From 2008 to 2014, he worked as a senior accountant, and later as a financial analyst, for USI Holdings Corporation, a Goldman-Sachs Capital Partners Company. While there, he managed the accounting and financial reporting for a 500 million dollar business unit and performed purchase accounting for acquisitions collectively valued at over three billion dollars.

Mr. Bender graduated summa cum laude from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in May 2016 with a focus in federal tax law. His accolades at law school include the Karter Caplan Award for most outstanding student in International Financial Law, the John E. Donaldson Award for most outstanding student in Tax Law, induction into the Order of the Coif, induction into the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Fraternity, membership on the staff of the William & Mary Law Review, being among the three-member Transactional Law Team which won first (buyer side) in the 2014 Southwestern Regional Transactional Law Meet, winning the 2015 Elliot A. Spoon Writing Competition in securities law, and earning four CALI Awards for achieving the highest grade in law school courses. While at law school, Mr. Bender continued his filmmaking career, providing his services to produce promotional materials and documentaries for the Center for Legal and Court Technology (home to the world's most advanced courtroom) and directing a one-act play.

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Experience

RiverBend Films, Williamsburg, Virginia
Co-Founder, Managing Director, October 2005 - present

McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond, Virginia
Associate, September 2016 - present

Supreme Court of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
Legal Extern for the Honorable Senior Justice LeRoy F. Millette, Jr., September 2015 - December 2015

Center for Legal and Court Technology, Williamsburg, Virginia
Research Fellow, Webmaster, Videographer, August 2013 - May 2016

Covington & Burling, LLP, Washington, D.C.
Summer Associate, May 2015 - July 2015
Corporate, tax, and securities practice groups

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C.
Summer Associate - Student Honors Program, May 2014 - August 2014
Division of Corporation Finance, Office of Small Business Policy

USI Holdings Corporation, a Goldman-Sachs Capital Partners Company, Norfolk, Virginia
Senior Accountant, Financial Analyst, October 2008 - August 2013
Significant projects included purchase accounting for six acquisitions with valuations of as much as $92 million and $2.3 billion

University of Virginia Conference Services, Charlottesville, Virginia
Acting Assistant Director, Night Staff Supervisor, Financial Manager, April 2006 - August 2008


Education

Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
Juris Doctor (J.D.), summa cum laude (May 2016), Taxation
Grade Point Average: 3.9 Class Rank: 2nd

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with Distinction (May 2008), Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity
Grade Point Average: 3.7 Class Rank: Top 15%

York High Shcool, Yorktown, Virginia
International Baccalaureate Diploma (June 2004)
Grade Point Average: 4.6 Class Rank: 4th

Virginia Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Richmond, Virginia
Governor's Certificate (July 2003)


Awards, Honors, and Merits

Order of the Coif (2016)
Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary

Carter Kaplan Company Award for most outstanding student in International Financial Law (2016)
Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary

John E. Donaldson Tax Award for most outstanding student in Tax Law (2016)
Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary

First Prize Winner, Elliot A. Spoon Securities Law Writing Competition (2015)
Journal of Business and Securities Law, Michigan State University

Winning Team (Buyer) 2014 Southwestern Regional Transactional Law Meet (2014)
Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary

Communications Editor, The William & Mary Law Review (2014 - 2016)
Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary

CALI Award for the highest grade in Criminal Procedure (2016)
Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary

CALI Award for the highest grade in Legal Drafting for a Transactional Practice (2015)
Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary

CALI Award for the highest grade in Applied Evidence (2014)
Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary

CALI Award for the highest grade in International Business Transactions (2014)
Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary

Academic Support Program teaching assistant for Criminal Law (2014-2015)
Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary

Highest grade in Civil Procedure (2013)
Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary

Kenneth G. Cumming merit-based academic scholarship (2013)
Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary

Summit Award (2013)
USI Holdings Corporation

Letter of Commendation (2008)
University of Virginia Conference Services

Shining Star Award (2007)
University of Virginia Conference Services

Intermediate Honors (2006)
University of Virginia

Dean's List (2004-2008, 8 semesters)
University of Virginia


Publications

Giving the Average Investor the Keys to the Kingdom: How the Federal Securities Laws Facilitate Wealth Inequality
Volume 15, Issue 1, Journal of Business and Securities Law, Michigan State University (15 J. Bus. & Sec. L. 1 (2016))


Filmography

Baking With Mrs. Corneliussen (2017)
Producer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Sound Editor, Production Sound Mixer

The McGlothlin Courtroom: Using Classroom Mode (2015)
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, Cinematographer, Sound Editor, Production Sound Mixer, Narrator

The McGlothlin Courtroom: Court Reporter Station (2014)
Producer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Sound Editor

The Quantum Suicide of Sophie Miller (2014)
Executive Producer, Director, Editor, Sound Editor, Actor (Dr. Robert Oppenheimer)

Brown Distributing Promotional Video (2011)
Producer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Sound Editor, Production Sound Mixer

Ryan McElveen for Fairfax County School Board (2011)
Producer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Sound Editor, Production Sound Mixer

A Day in the Life of a Cat Trilogy (2003 - 2010)
Producer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer

Brown Distributing Promotional Video (2010)
Producer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Sound Editor, Production Sound Mixer

Zeiders Clinical Counselors Recruiting Video (2009)
Producer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Sound Editor, Production Sound Mixer

Brown Distributing 25th Anniversary Video (2009)
Producer, Director, Editor

The Artist (2009)
Executive Producer, Director, Editor, Sound Editor, Fight Choreographer, Special Effects Supervisor

The Making of The Artist (2009)
Producer, Director, Editor, Sound Editor

Brown Distributing of West Palm Beach Promotional Video (2008)
Producer, Director, Editor

Brown Distributing of Richmond Promotional Video (2008)
Producer, Director, Editor

Them Funky Earthlings Music Video (2008)
Director, Editor, Cinematographer

The Receipt (2008)
Producer, Director, Editor, Production Designer, Visual Effects Editor

Sequence Two: A Tale of a Scene in Post-Production (2008)
Producer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Sound Editor, Production Sound Mixer

A Disaster of a Double Date (2008)
Producer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Sound Editor, Production Sound Mixer

What's Writing a Couple of Numbers on a Receipt? You Have No Idea! Making The Receipt (2008)
Producer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Sound Editor, Production Sound Mixer

Below the Beltway (2007)
Producer, Director, Editor, Sound Editor, Production Sound Mixer

Behind the Beltway (2007)
Producer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Sound Editor, Production Sound Mixer

Running Out of Time (2006)
Executive Producer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Production Designer

Heavenly Body System (2005)
Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Sound Editor

Victory Family YMCA Lifeguard Staff Training Videos (2005)
Producer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Sound Editor, Production Sound Mixer

Life's a Smoose (2005)
Executive Producer, Director, Editor, Sound Editor, Production Sound Mixer, Actor (Senator Crawford)

From Smoose to Screen (2005)
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, Cinematographer, Sound Editor, Production Sound Mixer


Performances

Kingdom v. Pigge, Prosectuor (2014 - 2015)
William and Mary Law School Center for Legal and Court Technology Fractured Fairy Tale Trial

This is a Test, Director (2015)
William and Mary Law Revue One Act Performances

Hamlet, Guitar Solo (2014)
Original motion picture score for The Quantum Suicide of Sophie Miller

Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage, Jerry (2013)
William and Mary Law Revue One Act Performances


Edited Live Events and Video Incoporated Into Live Events

Kingdom v. Piggie William and Mary Law School Center for Legal and Court Technology Fractured Fairy Tale Trial (2014)
William and Mary Law Revue Bard Review (2014)
William and Mary Law Revue Fall 2013 One Acts (2013)
Grease Tabb High School Musical (2010)
So Careless University of Virginia Drama production (2008)
A . . . My Name is Alice University of Virginia Drama production (2008)
Pippin Tabb High School Musical (2005)
York High School Student Council election speeches (2004)
York High School NJROTC Regional Area 05 Drill Meet (2004)
Lil' Abner Tabb High School Musical (2003)


Other Short Films, Slide Shows, Interviews, and Miscellaneous

Landscape Photography (2008 - 2016)
Swan Song: The Quantum Suicide of Sophie Miller Outtakes (2012)
Beskin & Associates Photography Project (2010)
Fleet and Family Support Centers Director Farewell Address (2009)
The Artist Blooper Reel (2009)
The Receipt Blooper Reel (2008)
Taking on the World (2007)
Running Out of Time alternate version The Cheater's Lament (2006)
Running Out of Time alternate version Roles Reversed (2006)
Running Out of Time alternate version The 1920s Edition (2006)
When Rick Met Ali (2006)
Meet the Koreans (2006)
Going Forth in Faith (2005)
Life's a Smoose Blooper Reel and Teaser Interview (2005)
Seven Days Under the Sun (2004)
York High School Class of 2004: Four Years of Memories (2004)
Crusin' to New Heights (2004)
Eyes of the Distance (2004)
Eyes of the Distance Blooper Reel (2004)
Macbeth in da' Hood (2003)
Nature's Fury (2003)
Checkmate (2003)


Web Development

RiverBend Films Website (2005 - 2015)
Center for Legal and Court Technology Website (2014)
University of Virginia Conference Services Website (2007)


Memberships

Virginia State Bar (2016 - present)
American Bar Association (2013 - present)
Virginia Bar Association (2013 - present)
Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Fraternity (2014 - present)
New Kent Winery Barrel Club (2013 - present)
Arlington Indepndent Media (2008 - 2013)
American Film Institute (2012)
Society of Biblical Literature (2006 - 2008)


Languages

Biblical and Rabbinic Hebrew (working professional knowledge)
American Bar Association (working professional knowledge)
Conversational Spanish (limited proficiency)


Computer Applications

Avid Media Composer 5 and ProTools 9
Microsoft Office 2003 - 2013 (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, Outlook, OneNote)
Adobe Creative Suite CS3 and CS4 (Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Encore, AfterEffects, Audition)
Adobe (Macromedia) Flash 6 - 10
SAP FICO
WordPress


Programming Languages

JavaScript
HTML 4 and 5
CSS 2 and 3
Adobe Flash ActionScript
SQL for Microsoft Access

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