George Griffin

Rapid Transit (1969) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Edible animation. Silhouettes of black beans creating mandala patterns with frenzied percussion on track.--G. G.

Rental: $20.00
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George Griffin

One Man's Laundry (1971) 16mm, color, 24.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Homer Bendix runs a small town laundromat and that's o. k. But two businessmen (one resembling Nixon) encroach on his world and he is infected with the idea of progress. This leads him down seemingly rosy path to the big city, a trip filled with dangerous and hard-edged consequences.--G. G.

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George Griffin

Candy Machine, The (1972) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

The man just wants a piece of candy. The candy machine just wants a piece of the man. A cartoon employing a novel xerox technique to combine animation and live action.--G. G. "A paranoid trip into subway surrealism with a lurking figure who is the archetypical molester, a carnivorous candy machine, a brilliant technique of animation that looks like crazed Crayolas run amuck..."--Harlan Ellision, L. A. Free Press

Rental: $20.00
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George Griffin

Trikfilm 1 (1973) 16mm, color, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Music

Tri-colored cycle of a dance movement set to a prelude from Bach's well-tempered clavier.

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George Griffin

Trikfilm 3 (1973) 16mm, color, 3.75 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"A self-referntial animation, allowing the viewer to see the animator's hand and coffee cup, as well as pads of animated drawings. Amusing and educational for all ages, combining animation and live action in a manner reminiscent of the early Fleischer 'out of the inkwell' cartoons."-- Ron Epple, Picture Start. "Sprightly"--Howard Thompson, New York Times. A brilliant parody on animation, fast moving... breaking down the edges and definition of illusion. I loved this film, so funny and shot almost out of the corner of the mind's eye."--Stan Vanderbeek

Rental: $20.00
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George Griffin

Club, The (1975) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"... a wickedly funny bit of animation... done in a kind of coloring book style that takes us inside an upper crust men's club, a bastion so male that after a few seconds we realize that everyone inside resembles that most distinctly masculine portion of a man's anatomy."--Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times.

Rental: $20.00
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George Griffin

Head (1975) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media, Philosophical

The animator, as actor, lives through his drawings which in turn become actors who influence his own self-image. A trick-film meditation on portraiture.--G. G.

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George Griffin

L'Age Door (1975) 16mm, color, 1.25 min

Genre: Experimental

How to open and close a door and what it all means.

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George Griffin

Meadow's Green, The (1975) 16mm, color, 23.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

A personal documentary of the Bread and Puppet Theater's 1974 performance, 'The Domestic Resurrection Circus', which combines live action with animation to evoke the creative spirit of this group.--G. G. The energy and extraordinary invention of the Bread and Puppet Theatre comes through loud and clear. My mouth fell open, I had not had a chance to see such a performance. The film put me right there with it."--James Blue.

Rental: $50.00
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George Griffin

Step Print (1976) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

This exercise borrows a chain motiff found in Amish quilts and Navaho weavings and programs it through 3 cycles, each consisting of 28 drawings. The drawings were backlit to increase color saturation and make the paper translucent, thus permitting a combination of 2 levels. Through this layered variation in orientation and sequence a new wave-like patterns emerge. In its permutive journey a drawing might be photographed right-side-up, upside-down, flipped (positions analogous to the objective manipulation of the film medium itself).--G. G.

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George Griffin

Viewmaster (1976) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Each drawing is treated as a fiche whose information is gradually scanned as if the viewer were reading a circular book. The characters are represented in a variety of parodied cartoon styles which may or may not suggest narrative events. The film's 'content' is the formal analogy between the arrangement of the characters and the amination technique of cycled sequence drawing.--G. G.

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George Griffin

Block Print (1977) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Structural

1. Walk around a city block aiming a movie camera at the seam between sidewalk and buildings. @24fps, this event lasts 5 minutes. 2. Repeat 1. holding camera on its side, shooting @12 fps. This shot is then duplicated on negative material; then both original and print are sandwiched one frame out of phase and optically printed on reversal material. 3. Negative print (see 2.) is fed into Xerox microfilm printer which produces a continuous paper enlargement. This roll is then chopped up with a paper cutter while simultaneously being reconstituted by single frame photography. (Mount page/frames on a mutoscope reel.) 4. Walk around block (see 1.) aiming single frame camera at mutoscope pages of xeroxed frames in foreground and actual seam of sidewalk and buildings in background. Alternate version: Take roll of uncut Xeroxed frames back to street and wrap block. Shoot this with single frame camera recording duplicate of print in foreground and actuality in background.-- G. G.

Rental: $30.00
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George Griffin

Thumbnail Sketches (1977) 16mm, color, 6.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Like many of my films THUMBNAIL SKETCHES began as a flipbook. However this particular book didn't really flip. Each page instead of being one phase in a series (like a frame of film), contained a complete cycle of 8 drawings arranged in a rectangular ring. The reader had to construct the information conceptually not just optically as if it were a mosaic of abstract comic strip panels. The film begins with a 'live' prologue documenting the book's original form; then follows its destruction by scissors, a brief autopsy illustrating the mechanics of movement, and its eventual animated rebirth. The animation is accomplished by displacing the panels in virtual space so that all 8 phases are visible simultaneously, a technique in opposition to image replacemant which tricks the viewer into assuming that movement is a continuos flow. This scheme suggests that each unit of time construction need not to be subordinate to the total hypnotic river of illusuion, that in fact a 'moving' line is not as simple as it may seem.--G. G.

Rental: $20.00

George Griffin

Lineage (1979) 16mm, color, 29 min

Genre: Experimental

LINEAGE traces a circuitous thread through synthetic times and spaces to recover a lost age in innocence, when photography and magic tricks merged into 'movies'. The agent in this investigation is a square man who appears as a line drawing on an artist's table, as a paper-thin puppet in a vaguely Deco set, and as a 'real' man in the street though not, as logic would seen to dictate, in that particular order. In fact, logic is constructed in LINEAGE only to be parodied. As an antidote to the accepted avant-garde practice of artistic patricide the film searches for and ultimately confirms its own heritage. The traditions established by Melies, Cohl, Fleischer, Richter, and Fischinger are invoked through a series of visual and verbal essays, self-mocking introspections, and fictional oral histories.--G. G. "This seminal work brilliantly proves that animation--far from being cinema's stepchild--is actually one of its glories. Griffin offers the most explicit philosophical confrontation on film--though dressed in amiguity and irony--of basic issues of ceontemporary art: illusionsm, formalism, reflexivity, the narrative, the time-space continuum, causality, contradiction. This heavy agenda, however, is triumphantly overcome by playfulness: anti-didactic at its core, delicately balancing reason and emotion, the work exudes anti-authoritarianism by its refusal to provide neat solutions, dazzling us instead witrh delicious, infinite contradictions involving voice and image, self and other, drawings an photography, reality and illusion, past and present, space ant time. To top it all, while purporting to 'reveal' the processes and secrets of animation, its nature and aesthetics, this jesting philosopher/magician actually entanagles us more firmly into the web of its mysterious powers. 'I trace my line to find who I am.' It's good to be along on the journey."--Amos Vogel, Film Comment.

Rental: $40.00
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George Griffin

It's an Okay Life (1980) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

IT'S AN OKAY LIFE is an animated speculation on the quality of life in the 21st Century. It follows the key events in the life of an anonymous man born in 20000 as if he were reading from his diary: education by video monitors, early professional life in 'Communiacation Spaces', cloning, computer crime and rehabilitation therapy 'life' choices at age 95: freezing or self-termination. Primarily a whimsical fantasy IT'S AN OKAY LIFE also contains some disturbing truths about our lives today.--G. G. "Wonderful as a catalyst for discussions on the future of society, the value system that will prevail, and inhumanity that may result..."--EFLA Evaluations, Mar.--Apr., 1983.

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George Griffin

Flying Fur (1981) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Dance

FLYING FUR is a cartoon in search of itself: silly animals are on strike, a square man is doing a jazz dance, an angry house is chasing a wolf who turns into a carrot. These and other micro-episodes are woven together in synchronization with a 'Tom and Jerry' sound track (itself a frenzied pastiche of Basie and Bartok). While taking a firm position on violence, racism, and excessice coffee drinking FLYING FUR is essentially a love song to animation."--G. G. "Griffin is an experied animator who has worked in many styles, but this is the film which best integrates his graphic and conceptual interests."--J. Hoberman, Village Voice.

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George Griffin

Thicket (1985) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

"In this most recent of George Griffin's animations, the solitary and searching figure of a man journeys through a dreamlike landscape. He briefly finds love in the form of a woman, then loses her. The plaintive score, 'Berceuse Elegaic' by Ferruccio Busoni, emphasizes the sense of isolation ans loss. Griffin describes the inspiration for the film as an elegy to the unconscious--a story about the corruption of sentiment."--Museum of Modern Art.

Rental: $35.00
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