Documentary on Hollywood producer, Elkhart native David Gundlach to air on WNIT later this month

'David Gundlach: The Gift’ will follow his journey as a young boy in Elkhart, the founder of an insurance company in London and a film producer in California.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 1:23 p.m.

A documentary about a Hollywood producer who grew up in Elkhart will air at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, on WNIT public television.

“David Gundlach: The Gift” will follow Gundlach’s journey from Elkhart to California. Gundlach died of a heart attack in 2011 and left close to $150 million to the Elkhart County Community Foundation. He had no spouses or heirs. His contribution to Elkhart was previously the topic of a 2013 segment on “CBS This Morning.”

In May, a collection of his art and furniture was sold at a charitable auction benefiting local nonprofit organizations.

Gundlach graduated Memorial High School in 1973 and traveled to the West Coast to earn a degree in history at the University of Southern California. He even shared the same dormitory floor as Ron Howard at USC, who would later go on to direct the Academy Award-winning “A Beautiful Mind.”

Gundlach wanted to be a classroom teacher, maybe even a golfing coach. But he graduated just as the 1979 recession happened, which resulted in many teachers being laid off. Gundlach then decided to follow his father’s footsteps and go into insurance. He took a plane to London, where he later founded insurance company Hastings Direct.

He later returned stateside, where he would meet his future co-producer on 2009 drama film “Get Low,” starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek.

The documentary also will air at 4 p.m. July 26 and 7 p.m. July 27 on WNIT, channel 34.1.


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