Daniel Griffith is an American film director, producer, and cinematographer best known for his documentaries on pop culture and cult media. He has directed films on subjects ranging from the world of professional wrestling to the classic horror films of the 1950s and 60s. Griffith has been making films for over two decades and is considered a pioneer of the modern documentary format.
Born in Los Angeles, California in 1974, Griffith began his film career at an early age. His first feature film was an independent horror movie called “The Witching Hour” which he wrote, produced, and directed at the age of 16. He then went on to study film at UCLA where he had the opportunity to work with legendary directors such as Robert Zemeckis and John Singleton. After graduating, he continued to direct independent films before finding success in the documentary genre.
In 2002, Griffith directed the documentary “Ballyhoo: The Story of Professional Wrestling” which won Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival. This success led to other popular films such as “Maniac Cop 2: The Last of the Human Race” and “The Auteur Theory” which explored the life and work of legendary cult movie director Ed Wood.
In 2005, Griffith directed the critically acclaimed documentary “The Goonies: A Documentary” which explored the making of the classic 1985 film. The film was nominated for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and received high praise from both fans and critics.
Since then, Griffith has gone on to direct a variety of documentaries and feature films. His most recent documentary, “The American Scream”, explored the world of amateur horror filmmakers and their passion for making horror movies. The film was released in 2012 and won numerous awards including Best Documentary at the San Diego Film Festival.
Over the course of his career, Griffith has become a respected figure in the documentary filmmaking world. His films have been praised for their unique and innovative approach to documentary storytelling. He has also been honored with numerous awards and nominations including the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking.
Griffith continues to make films that explore the many facets of pop culture and cult media. His work continues to inspire and entertain audiences around the world.