Producer-director Gary Winick sadly passed away last night at the age of 49 after battling brain cancer for several years. Here's what his longtime manager, Rosalie Swedlin had to say about the director's passing.

"He was suffering from brain cancer for quite some time, and it ultimately metastasized throughout his body. What's remarkable is that after his first surgery, he was able to direct Letters to Juliet. It was a battle that we thought he had won, and ultimately they just didn't get it all."
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Aside from directing movies such as Bride Wars, Charlotte's Web, 13 Going on 30, and Tadpole, Gary Winick founded InDigEnt, an independent production company which produced 19 indie features since being founded in 1999. InDigEnt is also noted for sparking the digital revolution, using digital cameras to produce high-quality indie films with budgets under $100,000.

Filmmaker Matt Dentler first announced the passing of Gary Winick over Twitter last night. Here's what he had to say.

"Gary Winick died today. Too late to make the Oscars tribute, but way too early. He leaves behind a legacy of supporting indie film and NYC."

As a producer for InDigEnt, Gary Winick produced indie movies such as Personal Velocity, Pieces of April, Lonesome Jim and several others.