George Griffin is one of the stalwarts of the New York indie scene, a filmmaker with an inspiring DIY approach who has been making films of every stripe continuously since 1969. His work hasn’t been readily available online, which is why I was excited to learn that he’s recently been uploading a selection of his films onto Vimeo. A more extensive collection of Griffin’s shorts can be purchased through his website.
If you’re unfamiliar with his work, you will want to read this 1997 interview on AWN in which he discusses his personal and artistic history, and why he values the idea of “doing my own thing.” Below are a few of his works that are currently online.
Flying Fur (1981), an “animated love song to the cartoon chase” set to Scott Bradley’s score from the Tom and Jerry short Puttin’ on the Dog.
Ko-Ko (1988), a collage-animation film that explores the visual equivalent to the aural improvisations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.
New Fangled (1990) is rooted in Griffin’s experiences working in advertising and pillories the nonsensical jargon used by ad agency “creatives.”