10 Producers to Watch 2012: Nicolas Gonda
At the tender age of 21, Nicolas Gonda joined Terrence Malick’s “The New World” as a music supervisor and post-production coordinator. Seven years later he earned a producer credit for “To the Wonder,” which debuted at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year.The 28-year-old NYU grad began his film career at Focus Features working in the publicity, marketing and worldwide distribution offices. But he quickly realized his true skills lay elsewhere. “Every person I’ve worked with on a set has shared one ultimate objective: to create something that gives viewers a moment to sit down and reflect. And my job in this is usually to figure out how to keep our car moving in that direction,” Gonda says. When asked about his producing philosophy, he offers a sports analogy. “As a former basketball player I can tell you the most memorable coaches were the ones who knew when to step in and when to step back.” Gonda is producing A.J. Edwards directorial debut “The Green Blade Rises,” starring Diane Kruger, and three upcoming Malick projects including helmer’s Imax documentary, “The Voyage of Time,” and “Knight of Cups” starring Christian Bale and Natalie Portman. In addition to his producing duties, Gonda this year co-founded Tugg, a web-platform that enables audiences to choose the films that play in their local theaters. Launched at the South by Southwest Festival, Tugg has partnered with mainstream and independent exhibitors. “I’ve seen firsthand how difficult it can be for filmmakers to navigate the theatrical landscape, and I wanted to create something that would enable every filmmaker to get their movies seen in the way they originally intended — in front of an audience and projected on a big screen,” Gonda explains.