“My advice always to up and coming filmmakers is meet as many people as you can and form as many relationships as you can because at the end of the day this entire business no matter who you are in it, producer, director, executive it’s all based on relationships and who you know.” — Kristen Konvitz
Welcome back to Nothing Shines Like Dirt: Empowering Actors to Create episode 20. Today we are on the road at Stay Gold Features (http://www.staygoldfeatures.com ) with producers Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Kristen Konvitz. We discuss the nuances of producing, finding a fresh voice, and being badass ladies in the film industry.
Producer & Founder
Daniela Taplin Lundberg is founder of the recently launched Stay Gold Features, a New-York based finance and production company. Prior to starting Stay Gold, Lundberg was a co-founding partner of Red Crown Productions, the banner she established in 2010 with Daniel Crown and Riva Marker. With Red Crown, she produced Cary Fukunaga's African child soldier film BEASTS OF NO NATION which was released by Netflix in 2015 in a game-changing deal for the film industry. She premiered Michael Showalter’s HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS starring Sally Field at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival to rave reviews and sold the film to Roadside Attractions/Sony in the biggest sale to ever come out of the festival.
Lundberg was previously a partner at Plum Pictures and has produced over 20 films, including the Golden Globe Best Picture winner THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT.
Lundberg lives in Westport, CT with her husband and three children. She is a graduate of Princeton University. In 2012 The Hollywood Reporter named her one of 11 “Producers to know” and the NY Times deemed her a “power sibling” along with her sister, Sylvana Durrett. In 2015 Variety named her “one of the most influential NY players in entertainment”. Lundberg is a member of YPO (Young President’s Organization) and sits on the board of Signature Theater in New York City. Daniela was recently named as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Head of Production
Prior to joining Stay Gold Features, Kristen Konvitz worked as Director of Film for the global crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo, where she led the New York office in building relationships with talent and shepherding them through their crowdfunding campaigns. She spent six years in acquisitions and production at Wild Bunch, one of the leading independent film sales, financing & distribution companies. She began working in acquisitions at The Weinstein Company and made the transition to Wild Bunch open its first U.S. office. Kristen holds a B.S. in media studies from New York University and a M.F.A. in film producing from Columbia University.
STAY GOLD FEATURES IS A FILM FUND AND PRODUCTION COMPANY ESTABLISHED TO PRODUCE FILMS BY AUTUER DIRECTORS. INSPIRED BY THE LAST WORDS OF THE OUTSIDERS' JOHNNY CADE, "STAY GOLD, PONYBOY," OUR MISSION IS TO STAY TRUE TO THE INTEGRITY AND HIGH QUALITY OF MOVIES THAT WE ADMIRE AND TO PARTNER WITH THE MOST PROGRESSIVE AND INNOVATIVE FILMMAKERS OF OUR TIME. STAY GOLD FEATURES WILL PRODUCE ELEVATED CONTENT THAT IS AT ONCE INTELLIGENT AND COMMERCIAL; OUR FILMS WILL PUSH BOUNDARIES BY EXPLORING THE HUMAN CONDITION, MAKING AUDIENCES LAUGH, CRY AND CONVERSE. AS ILLUSTRATED BY HISTORICAL SUCCESS, STAY GOLD WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH FILMMAKERS WHO HAVE EXTRAORDINARY VISION AND WHOSE GIFT AS STORYTELLERS SETS THEIR FILMS APART FROM THE PACK.