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October 2nd, 2012

Griffin, The Film. The Life, Art and Raging Times of Rick Griffin

There are plans in place for a documentary film about iconic Californian surf, rock, comic and psychedelic artist Rick Griffin (1944-1991). The project has been ‘launched’ through Kickstarter, and is seeking a minimum of $20,000 in funding to commence production.

Learn more on Kickstarter: www.kickstarter.com/projects/49615095/griffin-the-film

Learn more about the film and how you can help in this video:

We are beyond excited to announce the launch of Steve Barilotti’s Kickstarter campaign for a documentary film about our dad, Rick Griffin.
We love the video he created and can’t wait to see what he does with an entire film. Plus, animating Tales from the Tube, so cool!

Flaven & Tod, Adelia, Miles, Katy, & Ida Griffin

The film

"Griffin" is a feature-length documentary that explores the art, life and eccentric spark of one of the world’s least known and most influential 20th Century surrealists. Over the time-warped span of the 1960’s, one-time teen cartoonist Rick Griffin created defining icons for three pillars of west coast counterculture: surfing, psychedelic rock and underground comix.

In each of these Ground Zero movements Griffin was considered a visionary savant who masterfully infiltrated his passions and relentless spiritual quest through commercial art… often subverting banal 50s advertising trademarks into mindbending psychedelic mandalas. Griffin cultivated a charismatic, rock-star persona and during his heyday was celebrated in Life Magazine as one of the "Big Five" of psychedelic poster art. Later, a born-again Christian, he would illustrate the Gospel Of John in the vernacular he knew and loved besthellip; the comic-book. But by 35 he was all but forgotten. At 47 he was gone, killed while roaring his Harley down a Northern California back road. But Griffin’s art lives on, his messages and cosmic signposts firmly encoded in our post-modern DNA.