Nickolas Duarte is a commercial, film, and series writer/director currently developing original content for Warner Bros.  He runs Crown Chimp Productions and is repped for commercial work by Derby Content out of New York. Nickolas’ work has earned him over 50 industry awards including an Emmy, a National ADDY, 6 National Tellys, 2 National W3 Awards, an international Davey Award and a Museum of Modern Art nomination. He has written, directed and/or developed projects for brands such as Adidas, the NBA, Charles Schwab, BMW, the NFL, the MLS, Peak, New Era, Western Union and Nike. He’s done film work in the US, Mexico, China, Japan, Israel and Ghana. His short and experimental films have been recognized consistently on the national and international levels and in online outlets like Short of the Week.

His nationally and internationally-recognized narrative-driven stories aim to find truth in every moment, with an emphasis on humanity, and are characterized by composition-focused visuals that utilize negative space and possess a cinéma vérité sensibility toward naturalistic imagery. A collaborative filmmaker who values strong, nuanced performances and believes that most projects are made or broken by whoever is placed in front of the camera, he can be understood through simply two dictums: He runs his sets based on a chief principle of jazz and improv, “freedom within form,” and he’s not nearly as pretentious as this bio makes him sound.

Press Junket

Our friends at Sonic Cinema wrote a lovely post about our recent short Sultan of the Sea:  ”A fine representation of what it’s like to live with someone with mental illness” and it is brought “to life hauntingly with visuals and the raw emotions of the performances.”  Read the full review here.

Commercial curation site, Ads of the World, recently featured “Because You Can”.  Check it out here.

Italian short film curation site, Good Short Films, said Sea Change “excites and keeps you glued to the screen”.  Check out the rest of the review here.

The peeps at Film Shortage recently featured Sea Change – “The film’s direction, set locations and even sound design play a tremendous role in pulling this unusual story into a memorable watch.”  Read the review here.

I just signed a deal, with the Crown Chimp Films gang, to develop original content for Warner Bros. More details to be announced.  Just know that we are super excited!

I’m very excited to announce that I recently signed with Derby Content out of New York for commercial representation.  We were featured on the front page of SHOOT and got a little write up in AdAge.  Nice!

Fish Hook was recently featured as a pick on Film Shortage! Check it out here!

We’re so excited to announce our short film Sea Change was featured on Short of the Week! They had some awesome things to say, including “Almost as much a physical viewing experience as an emotionally affecting one…” and “Never has…’YOLO’ resounded so deeply and actually hit home as a profound observation of life as in one of Sea Change‘s later scenes”.  You can check out the write-up here!

The always wonderful Sonic Cinema took some time to say this about Fish Hook: “It’s that kind of unresolved feeling that Duarte and Grubich do very well, and helps make their movies together unique pleasures.” They also wrote a recent review on Sea Change: “fraught with profound feelings and complicated emotions.”   Read the Fish Hook review HERE and the Sea Change review HERE.

Apocalypse Later wrote some awesome things about Fish Hook: “ There’s more hanging in this air than exists otherwise in the workshop, a sword of Damocles with a fraying thread, a vast shared McGuffin as hard to remove as a fish hook.”  Check it out here!

Our Western Union spot “Brothers” got picked up by a bunch of industry sites. Sweet! Check it out at Great Ads, Ads of the World, AgencySpy, AdForum, AdLand, Fubiz, Coloribus, and Advertolog.

Our short film Pillow Talk was featured on the home page of Funny or Die! Sweet! It’s not there any more, but you can still check it out here.

Gravity, Warm Bodies, Pacific Rim, Before Midnight, The Conjuring and…Joke? Yep! Our weird little short was one of Sonic Cinema’s favorite films of 2013.  They write “it’s startling, original and unafraid of offending.” Sweet! Read the article here.

Major movie blog site Film School Rejects said Joke “is the real deal when it comes to delivering a unique perspective that challenges the way we think…” One commenter even wrote “Better than at least half the shorts I saw at Sundance this year. Loved it!”  Sweet! Check it out here!

The folks at Adverve and So You Know Better wrote some really awesome stuff about “A Chair Named Clarity”.  Also got some coverage in AgencySpy, adforum, Creative Review,  Interiors & Sources, and Buildings.

“A Chair Name Clarity” has gotten love from SHOOT, Best Ads On TV, Fubiz, Adland and Great Ads.

Sonic Cinema recently described Joke as “pretty much a masterpiece” with a “a wicked sense of self and a note-perfect conclusion.” You can read the words here. Rogue Cinema also wrote, Joke is “clever, sly and intense.” Check it out here.

My photographer pal had some really lovely things to say about me in his recent blog post The Reason Why We Do Things.

Joke described as “seriously fucked up” by Laughspin.

“Joke” described by art site Kuriositas as “art eating itself” and warns it may “usurp your expectations of what an experimental film should be” and to “reconsider [your] relationship with art, particularly in its modern, audiovisual incarnation.”

Joke “is very weird and best not viewed before dinner” according to Director’s Notes.

Nickolas Duarte signs with Rated Content for US/Latin American commercial representation. Reported by AgencySpy and SHOOT online.

“Bear Down” described as “a hopefulness that is a poetic homage to those facing struggle” on Adland.

“Bear Down” featured on Great Ads, Coloribus, Fubiz, AdForum, and Best Ads on TV.

Shane Battier spot proves he’s “an international star” according to CounterKicks, Slam Online and The Basketball Jones.

“Bear Down” featured on The Reel/SourceEcreative, Creative Review and SHOOT online.

NBA/Peak spots featured on The Richest, Dime Magazine, Hooped Up and LeSportsChic.

Nick was interviewed about What You Need by the U.K. podcast Director’s Notes. Download their app on iTunes or just listen directly here:

Alexa Milan from It’s Just Movies recently wrote about What You Need “…appeals to the child in every human being”. Read more of her lovely review here

“What You Need” to play at Loft International Film Festival and Atlanta Underground Film Festival

“What You Need” wins Best Drama at Atlanta Shortsfest

“6 Minutes” winner of National AAF ADDY Award

“Our Everything” and “These Moments” win multiple local and district ADDYs. Finalist for National Addy.

AZ Star article on Nick

2 of Nick’s commercials featured on Top 50 Most Inspirational Sport Commercials

Tucson Filmmaker interview with Nick

“Our Everything” archived on Coloribus

“These Moments” archived on Advertolog

Examiner article on Nick

“Our Everything” archived on Ads of The World

“These Moments” archived on Ads of The World

“Our Everything” and “These Moments” featured on advertlover, thedailyroundup, pubcreativo, fx6, fuckingawesomeideas and dozens of other advertising sites.

“Testament” featured on FighterXFashion, teamtakeover, MMAvideo and many others.


2016 AAFT ADDYs – (3) Gold, (3) Bronze, Best in Show
2015 DISTRICT 12 – (3) Silver
2015 AAFT ADDYs – (7) Gold, (2) Silver, Best in Show
Big Apple Film Festival
Short of the Week
Manhattan Film Festival
Arizona International FF
Phoenix Film Festival
Art of Brooklyn Festival
2014 Communicator Awards – (1) Gold (2) Silver
California International Shorts
NALIP Showcase
NALIP Latino Media Market Fellowship
Illuminate FF Accelerator Selection
Arizona Film Wars
2014 Davey Award – (1) Silver
The Loft Film Fest in Malta
2014 W3 Awards – (1) Gold, (1) Silver
2014 AAFT ADDYs – (4) Gold
2014 AAFT ADDY – Best in Show
Rocky Mountain Emmy Award – Single Spot Commercial
DC Shorts Film Festival
International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts
Chicago International REEL Shorts Festival
3 Minute Film Festival
2013 National Telly Awards – (4) Bronze
2013 National Telly Awards – (2) Silver
2013 AAFT ADDY – Gold, Silver
2012 District 12 ADDYs – (2) SILVER
Fusion Fest
2012 National AAF Finalist
World Kids International Film Festival
2010 National AAF ADDY Award
LA Arthouse FIlm Festival – Best Experimental
2011 Museum of Modern Art Finalist
Atlanta ShortsFest – Best Drama
2011 AICP Finalist
Arnold Sports Film Festival – opening film
2011 National AAF ADDY Finalist
Arivaca Film Expo – Best of Show
2011 District 12 ADDYs – GOLD, SILVER
ShortsNonStop International Festival – Top 10
2012 AAFT Public Service Judge’s Award
AZ Underground Film Festival – Best of Show
2012 AAFT ADDYs – (6) Gold
Northshore Film Festival
2011 AAFT ADDYs – (3) GOLD, (2) SILVER
NYC Downtown Film Festival
2010 District 12 ADDYs – GOLD, SILVER
In the Bin International Festival
2010 AAFT ADDYs – (2) GOLD, (1) SILVER
Atlanta Underground Film Festival
2009 AAFT ADDYs – (2) BRONZE
Top 50 Sports Commercials of All Time – #’s 44, 32
48-Hr Film Fest – best film, screenplay, actor
The Loft First Friday Shorts: Best of the Year
Loft International Film Festival