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Overview (2)

Born in Yuba City, California, USA
Birth NameDenis Charles Griffith

Mini Bio (1)

Chuck Griffith is a digital advertising and marketing expert, most notably in artificial intelligence and machine learning for improving customer experience while at Salesforce and AppDynamics, the latter was acquired by Cisco in 2017. He continues to help produce and mentor other filmmakers including Diana Kaluza's "A Special Night", which premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Following a win with "Safe Sex" (2000) for a best short film prize in London, Chuck Griffith directed his feature film debut, "Thank You, Good Night". "TYGN", starring Mark Hamill ("Star Wars"), Christian Campbell ("Reefer Madness"), Sally Kirkland ("JFK"), and John Paul Pitoc ("Six Feet Under"), garnered high praise at film festivals across the country and won a Jury Prize award for best feature film. He co-wrote the lyrics for the movie's hit songs, "Not in High School Anymore" and "Fifth of July". Recently, the film received a cult following on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox, and Playstation.

After going back to finish college at Columbia University in 2006, where he received his B.A. and M.A., Chuck served as a producer for MTV's "Made" in 2007 and 2008. He also worked as story consultant on "In The Blood". In 2008, Chuck served as the creative director for "Best of Breed: Volume 1", a critically-acclaimed high art compilation of curated short films.

Chuck Griffith's producing credits include short films such as "A Special Night" (2017), "Barista" (2015), "After Death" (2013), "Give Baby a Kiss" (2012), and "A Heart Felt" (2011). Chuck wrote and directed a festival-favorite short film "No Woman's Face Remember", nominated for several international awards and screened at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Emily Rothchild

Trivia (9)

Produced a reality show pilot for long-time business colleague, Lou Peterson, called Gay Playa, which featured Jonny McGovern (Big Sketch Show).
Although he studied theater at Saint Johns University in Minnesota, Griffith went on to complete his degree in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in the City of New York.
Had a 10+ year career as an advertising executive for top agencies such as DraftFCB, Carat, and TribalDDB.
Taught a semester of Media Studies at the Pratt Institute in 2000.
Served as a sports photographer for his college's alumni office and student newspaper.
Attended the United States Tennis Association's U.S. Open every year as a pledged donor from 2005.
Has white-water rafted some of the world's most intense rivers including Australia's Tully River, and America's Mississippi, Flathead, and Colorado rivers.
Spent his teenage years with a foster family in Iowa.
Earned a master's in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, teaching seventh grade Language Arts for two years in NYC's Upper East Side.

Personal Quotes (4)

On why he decided to make Shifting the Canvas: Too many gay-themed films seek to add a drag queen, whiny characters, shoddy direction, and lots of inside jokes.
In reference to shooting Thank You, Good Night in the California's San Fernando Valley: People tend to focus on the other side of the hill rather than what's in their own back yard.
Buzz can give a film momentum, but ultimately the most important factor that drives box office results is positive audience reaction and word of mouth.
As the democratization of filmmaking continues with cheap camcorders and DIY editing, anyone can be in Circuit City today and come out a "filmmaker" tomorrow; begging the question, just because you can, should you?

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