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Chamber Member Profile: 1919 Films

January 7, 2019

Actor Michael Keaton once said that filmmaking is the ultimate team sport. David McGoldrick of 1919 Films agrees. 1919 Films is a full service film production company that believes in close collaboration with its clients. The process of working together to conceive and produce effective and affordable customized films for advertising, promotions, fundraising, corporate communications, education and other uses is key to its creative philosophy.

This ethos of collaboration is reflected in the name of the company, 1919 Films. McGoldrick explains, “We chose the name 1919 because that was the year the Bauhaus Art movement was founded. The Bauhaus was a model of collaborative creativity, where designers and craftspeople worked together to develop wholly integrated projects. We are aware that ideas and suggestions can come from many participants in the creative process, whether it’s in pre-production, production or post, and it’s important to be open to them. “

1919 Films was founded in 2001 as a producer of corporate and custom programming, spinning off from Crossroads Films, which was one of the largest independent commercial production companies in the U.S. McGoldrick himself got into film and video production after college, where he was involved in the arts as a theater major. Today, the company produces both long-form and commercials for a variety of industries, including  travel, education, non-profits, healthcare, real estate, and fashion. They handle every aspect of production and post-production, including concepts, scriptwriting, casting, filming and editing. Recent work has included films for Deloitte, the University of Bridgeport, the Dominican Friars Healthcare Ministry of New York, Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education, and the Vail Development Corporation.

McGoldrick says that common denominator for all his clients is their desire for a quality production that reflects who they are. “All clients want work that makes them proud of their products and services. We have worked on projects that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or just thousands – but in each case, we tailor the project to fit clients’ budgets and maximize the resources they can bring to the production.”

1919 Films relies heavily on referrals for clients; its good work begetting new work. Their clients come from all over, and of course they travel wherever they need to go to film. “We have literally circumnavigated the globe for clients; we’ve shot in Aruba, Bosnia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, and of course all over the U.S.” says McGoldrick.

If your company or organization is looking for a partner for your next film project, visit 1919films.com or contact McGoldrick at (212) 982-6400.