Dallas Buyers Club told the unique story of a group who fought for their lives using grey-market drugs as the AIDS epidemic was just emerging. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto put on wonderful performances. The film earned several Academy Awards nominations.

It was a touchstone moment for LGBT+ cinema as well as those involved in the HIV/AIDS communities. Few are willing to take the chance on such sensitive subject matter. Jean-Marc Vallée was not among those who were apprehensive.

The Canadian director has now passed away, according to the New York Post. He was 58 years old. The cause of the “Big Little Lies” director’s death was not given.

The acclaimed Vallée was made an officer of the National Order of Quebec last year. He passed away while enjoying time in his cabin outside of Quebec City. The sad passing of Jean-Marc brings an end to a brilliant film career that dates back to 1995.

Vallée was notable for taking a natural approach to filmmaking. He has worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest names. In addition to McConaughey and Leto, he worked with Emily Blunt, Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Nicole Kidman, and Reese Witherspoon. Most directors could only dream of sharing a set with such talent.

It was well-deserved for Jean-Marc Valée. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him, worked with him, or enjoyed his creations. Our thoughts go out to the loved ones of Mr. Valée during this difficult time.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a new contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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