I was born in the shadow of a great mountain. Now this is true, and we lived at the top for a few years until my family decided to move to Toronto, where I have lived and worked for the last several years. I like to write, walk, listen to music, eat grapefruits and punch kittens. No I'm kidding. I don't like grapefruits.

Seriously all jokes aside, I am just a man with stories to tell. The medium I choose is film, so please take the time to look over my work. I am also a gigantic music nerd, so I also post songs I think are awesome. Enjoy!

Finally joined instagram.  @paulgriffinfilm

Garth Marenghi’s “Darkplace” - Episode 1

Much like the great "Peep Show" it took me forever to get to watching the mini-series Garth Marenghi’s “Darkplace” directed by and starring Richard Ayoade and Matthew Holness.  I’m glad I did though because like Peep Show it is hilarious television.  Huge influence on Will Ferrell’s Spoils of Babylon.  Watch it, you will laugh.

New pea and habanero plants along with my bonzai tree Glenn. Pre food thats how this works right? #prefood #firstpost

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"Camping With Shondra Foxx"

A short film about a lonely man who takes a hooker camping. 

This is my new short that I wrote and directed.  Starring the incredibly talented duo of Annette Wozniak and Mark DeNicola.

Presented by Dark Phoenix Pictures

Best Films of 2014 So Far

  • Snowpiercer
  • Blue Ruin
  • Jodorowsky’s Dune
  • Let The Fire Burn
  • Joe
  • I Am Divine
  • The Immigrant - Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard deliver awesome performances
  • Tim’s Vermeer
  • Big Bad Wolves
  • Borgman
  • Calvary
  • The Raid 2

Honorable mentions:

Grand Budapest Hotel, Only Lovers Left Alive, Godzilla, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Burtt’s Buzz

Operation Ivy - The Crowd (Live 1989)

I’d like to personally thank all the guys and gals from back in the day who held those giant, often heavy VHS cameras in punk clubs so we can get moments like this.  Where a band that was together for only a little while can be enjoyed decades later by a new generation.  I’m sure even sometimes, they skipped getting too drunk to capture this moment.

Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo) in “Jodorowsky’s Dune”

Our film "Victims" will be premiering at the New York City International Film Festival on June 4th.  This is a film I associate produced (pushed pencils on) with my friend Chris Abell for Dark Phoenix Pictures .  It stars Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, Hannibal TV), Christian Campbell (Trick, Big Love) and Julian Richings (Man of Steel, X-men 3).  It’s also nominated for best international film, representing all of Canada.

Get tickets here.

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"Abandoned Souls"

This is a pic from the first feature film I produced with Dark Phoenix Pictures called “Abandoned Souls” in distribution now.  Went out early one morning and it was very foggy, made for an amazing shot although we couldn’t use it in the film.

Tricky - For Real (Official Music Video)

You watch too many films, for real.

Nicolas Cage

On "Joe:"

"Every half a decade or so Nicolas Cage does a film to remind us how talented an actor he really is. “Joe” is one of these films."

I once got into a fight with someone about Nicolas Cage and whether he was a fraud.  I don’t think he is.  Every odd year he does a small film that really shows his talent and stretches his ability.  He’s been doing it for years, it started with “Rasing Arizona,” then went on to classics like “Red Rock West,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Adaptation,” and “Lord of War.”

Now we have “Joe” written and directed by David Gordon Green (“George Washington,” “Pineapple Express”) returning to his roots in dramatic film.  Push past Nicolas Cage’s ridiculous hair and awful fake beard and It’s really a great film, sure to be one of the best of the year.  I don’t know him, but I think he’s used to a lifestyle that forces him to take a lot of work and make a ton of money to live it.  Can’t fault him for that, clearly he enjoys life.

Ethan (to Louise): Why do you have mud on your shoes?
Louise Belcher: Because I’m poor.
Ethan (to Gene): Why are you in your underwear?
Gene Belcher: Because I’m rich!

The genius of “Bob’s Burgers.” I love this show, not since the early years of “The Simpsons” or maybe “30 Rock” do I get pure joy out of watching a television show.  A lot of stuff on TV is a bummer, it’s nice to really get away from it once and awhile.  Even the name “Regular Sized Rudy” makes me laugh every time.

❝ A gentlemen is someone who can play the accordion. But doesn’t. ❞

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Tom Waits

Handsome Boy Modeling School feat. De La Soul - If It Wasn’t For You

Tarzan and Jane more like Bonnie and Kareem

This is the story of you, what makes you special.

True Detective Changed the Face of Television…

Because it would have never worked as a film

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The brilliance of “True Detective” lies not only in its rich narrative and story structure.  Not only in the great performances, absolutly stunning photography and set production.  It changed the face of television because the creators decided to tell a clear story from beginning to end, on television.  An outlet not used to clear endings.  Thus “True Detective” served the story and not the medium in which it was delivered.

This was a film, way too long to be a film.  A TV show, way too short to go on further than a season.  The character arcs, which is two detectives righting the wrongs on the biggest case of their lives, didn’t need to be dragged on any further.  But it was too rich a story to fit into a regular two hour thriller film, there was a lot more to tell.

"True Detective" will live on as one of the greatest one seasons of any show in history, because they decided to leave it as one.  I Don’t know if they will be able to top it next season but I cannot wait to find out.  And to writers; learn from this show.  Enrich your characters, clearly define their boundaries and settings.  Give them something to do every frame and something going on, something to say.  Especially if you are writing crime.