filmmaker, writer, flipbook artist, film producer,
George Griffin studied political science at Dartmouth,
came to New York City in 1967, and began working in
commercial cartoon studios. He built his own camera
stand and, inspired by the work of Robert Breer, Stan
Vanderbeek, and John Hubley, began to experiment in various
media and techniques. In 1969 he completed his first
film. Griffin has made over 30 personal films, from 1
to 30 minutes long, which have been seen on
television, in theaters, at festivals and
museums worldwide. Recent work includes It Pains Me to
Say This, The Bather, You're Outa Here, and Coal Creek.
He produced and directed commercials at Colossal Pictures, line-produced R.O. Blechman's The Soldier's Tale for PBS/Great Performances, and continues to make commissioned films and public service spots at his studio, Metropolis Graphics. He has taught at Harvard, Pratt, Parsons, Hunter College, and has been a visiting artist at universities in Ghent, Beijing, and Singapore. He has juried international film festivals (Ottawa, Stuttgart, Poznan, Utrecht), and has written articles and reviews for Film Comment, Cartoons, EnterText, Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and other journals. Griffin published Frames: Drawings and Statements by Independent Animators, Flip-Pack (a boxed set of flipbooks by six animators), and numerous editions of his own flipbooks. The seminal Dusseldorf Kunsthalle exposition, Daumenkino (2005), featured his work.
Griffin's interest in pre-cinema animation has led him to make interactive machines for viewing moving pictures and objects. "Concrete Animation," delivered as a lecture at the Tate Modern (2007), formed the basis for his essay "Take the B Train," (Pervasive Animation, Routledge, 2013). His digital mutoscope, Viewmaster, was exhibited at the 2010 Site Santa Fe Biennial.
Griffin has received a Guggenheim fellowship, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council for the Arts; his films and drawings are archived in the Museum of Modern Art. He is a member of ASIFA International and AMPAS.
contact: georgegrif at gmail dot com