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Commencing with studies in scenic and lighting design for legitimate theatre, I was a founding member of the Portland Stage Company (Maine.)

I then migrated to the commercial marketplace in the 80's designing major public spaces from China to South America as Gonci Associates, Inc. In 1980, I was commissioned to design entertainment venues for the athletes of the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. We also staged many large corporate events for Fortune 500 companies worldwide, including major installations at PC Expo, COMDEX and DECWorld, to name a few.

I became a filmmaker in the mid 80's, subsequently writing, producing and directing a number of documentaries for PBS and an array of high-end corporate-imaging films. During this period, I was actually living on a houseboat in the middle of Boston's financial district. Ironically, while living on the water, I conceived, co-created, and produced America's first nationally televised TV series on landscape architecture for HG/tv called "Breaking Ground." The show won numerous Cable Ace Awards (the "EMMY's" of cable TV.)

From the mid-90's until 2001, I was the Creative Director for video and events at Quantic Communications, creating marketing programs primarily for global hi-tech, financial services and medical/pharmaceutical clients.

Since 2001, my principal role has been as Senior Creative Director and Content Architect for two renowned film/animation studios. I have been privileged to work with a panoply of clients spanning disciplines from biotechnology to urban master planning. The soles of my shoes have landed in several continents in pursuit of the best stories for these great clients to project to the world.

Throughout my career I have been blessed to be a part of great creative/communication teams. And, my leadership role in my profession has continued to evolve over the last 15+ years. I also delight in mentoring emerging talent.

My wife and I are devoted rowers, having created a sculling club in 1995.

Experience

Executive Producer
Theatrical Production Company 
Aug 2018 – Present, 1 year 7 months,
Manhattan and London.
Currently serving as Executive Producer to a Broadway-bound musical comedy. Details to follow.
Currently serving as Executive Producer to a Broadway-bound musical comedy. Details to follow.






Sr. Creative Director
Neoscape
Jul 2002 – Sep 2007  5 years 3 monthsFilm Director



Curtiss Butler and Associates,
Jan 1987 – Feb 19872 months
Boston
Filmed America's Cup in Fremantle, Australia for Digital Equipment Corporation
Filmed America's Cup in Fremantle, Australia for Digital Equipment Corporation






Volunteer Experience

Board Member, 
Aviation Without Borders
, Jul 2010 – Sep 2016   6 years 3 months; 
Disaster and Humanitarian Relief



Publications

Blanche DuBois (circa 1985)
Points East January 26, 2016


At the Crossroads of Tradition and Modernity...Mega Projects in Islamic Nations Today
studio amd/Richard Gonci December 9, 2013
A lecture created by Mr. Gonci, inclusive of three short films produced by studio amd under his direction, discussing the confluence of cultural traditions and modern influences in the context of mega-projects in Islamic countries. The lecture is being delivered live on college and university campuses throughout North America and Canada and will be recorded and distributed electronically thereafter.
A lecture created by Mr. Gonci, inclusive of three short films produced by studio amd under his direction, discussing the confluence of cultural traditions and modern influences in the context of mega-projects in Islamic countries. The lecture is being delivered live on college and university campuses throughout North America and Canada and will be recorded and distributed electronically thereafter.



An Uncertain Age 
Points East Magazine; Sep 2012; 
A mini-remembrance of a bygone era in Boston Harbor.
A mini-remembrance of a bygone era in Boston Harbor.




The Fate of the Documentary
; MIT Press, May 4, 2003
"…a report on historical events, or social conditions, that has not been fictionalized."

So says Webster in defining "documentary." I contend that there is a great deal of fictionalizing evident in many documentaries produced in recent years. In this case, fiction takes the form of conscious romanticizing and sentimentalizing of seminal events. This trend to morph legitimate journalism into treacly middle-mind infotainment isn't merely an aesthetic offense. It has had, and continues to have, consequences in the realm of policy planning, while dulling the critical judgment of the citizenry.
"…a report on historical events, or social conditions, that has not been fictionalized."

So says Webster in defining "documentary." I contend that there is a great deal of fictionalizing evident in many documentaries produced in recent years. In this case, fiction takes the form of conscious romanticizing and sentimentalizing of seminal events. This trend to morph legitimate journalism into treacly middle-mind infotainment isn't merely an aesthetic offense.

Projects

Vilnius
 2007 – 2007
, Winner of SIGGRAPH Jury Prize (animation) and CINE Masters Award


KaCare

 Animated TV spot produced to promote the emergence of a new city in Saudi Arabia, to be founded on principles of renewable energy. I was the Producer/Director/Creative Director. Winner of CINE Gold.
 Animated TV spot produced to promote the emergence of a new city in Saudi Arabia, to be founded on principles of renewable energy. I was the Producer/Director/Creative Director. Winner of CINE Gold.




Honors & Awards

SIGGRAPH Jury Prize
: SIGGRAPH Jury Committee, 
Jul 2008. The jury award for the best animation in category for the film submission by architect Daniel Libeskind in the design competition for the Vilnius/Guggenheim Museum. We made this piece for his studio in less than 6 weeks. SIGGRAPH is the ultimate showcase for the work of animation studios worldwide.


CINE Gold Eagle 
CINE Awards Committee
, Jul 2005: 90+ computer-generated 3D HD capital campaign film for which I was the creative director/director. The client was the College of William and Mary. The architect was Robert A. M. Stern.

Worldwide Marketing Gold Award
 International Association of Marketing Professionals
, Jun 2004: Top international award in category conferred on us for our film for the Plaza Hotel. The World Awards Ceremonies were held in Hamburg, Germany, where we were honored to share the stage with the giants in international marketing.


EMMYs
 - Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 
Nov 2003 For Writing and Producing "Beyond the Roads," a six-minute animation of the future of the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston.


CINE Gold Eagle 
CINE Awards Committee
, Jun 2003: CGI marketing film for the residences at the Plaza Hotel. At the time, the world's most valuable residential property valued at over $5000./sq. ft. raw.


Golden Apple 
Society of Documentary Filmmakers
, Nov 2001:The definitive broadcast documentary on the clean-up of Boston Harbor, aired nationwide on 47 PBS affiliates. I was Executive Producer and Co-Writer
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Languages: The Queen's English

A note: Richard began his work career on his parents' dairy farm as a child and added his work on a chicken farm, which he did with his brother, David. In his last few years, Richard became a lauded Air B&B host.