C.A. Griffith

Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002

Biography

C.A. Griffith is an award-winning filmmaker with more than three decades of film production experience. Trained in New York’s independent film community, Griffith’s credits include the feature film Juice starring Tupac Shakur, PBS and BBC documentaries such as "A Litany For Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde" (cinematographer), D.A. Pennebaker’s "Branford Marsalis: The Music Tells You" (camera operator) and "Depeche Mode 101" (1st AC), Eyes on the Prize I & II, St. Clair Bourne’s Making ‘Do the Right Thing’ and music videos from Tracy Chapman and Public Enemy to The Rolling Stones. As director, Griffith’s credits include an award-winning short and her dramatic feature debut, "Del Otro Lado," a Spanish language, gay male film that was shot on location in Mexico City. Her screenplays have made the finals of the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs and won a top award from the Latino Screenplay Competition. Griffith’s publications appear in Filming Difference, Black Feminist Cultural Criticism, Black Women Film and Video Artists, The Wild Good, the journals Meridians, Signs and Calyx.

She and H.L.T. Quan (Associate Professor, School of Social Transformation) are co-founders of QUAD Productions, 501(c)3. Griffith and Quan have co-directed, co-produced, and co-edited more than a dozen short and feature length, socially relevant documentaries including two films completed through the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Studio (“Art & Tech”) program: "Mountain That Take Wing—Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama: A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation," (2009—97 min, Women Make Movies) and "América’s Home" (2014—62 minutes), a documentary on Puerto Rico that is as much about displacement and empire as it is about the transformative power of the cultural arts, community and belonging. "Bad Form: Queer, Broke & Amazing!" (working title), about LGBTQ people’s individual and collective struggles for economic justice, is in progress.

Education

  • M.F.A. University of California-Santa Barbara
  • B.A. Stanford University

Research Interests

  • Social, Enviromental and Economic Justice Themed Cinema, Fiction and Essays
  • Documentary, Fictional and Mixed Genre Narratives
  • Independent, Foreign and LGBTQ Cinema
  • Latino/a, African-American and African Cinema
  • Women of Color as Cultural Producers
  • Race, Class, Gender and Culture
  • Documentary and Urban/Natural Landscape Photography

Publications

Please visit Professor Griffith's production website for more information about her and her media related work: http://www.quadproductions.org/ 

Her award-winning film, Mountains That Take Wing, covers over 100 years of social movement history and the ways ordinary people have done extraordinary things in the face of extreme hatred and injustice. It headlines the Women Make Movies special collection, EXTRAORDINARY AMERICAN WOMEN, ORDINARY LIVES. Find out more about the documentary and see the trailer here:  http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c796.shtml

 

 

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
FMP 300 Focus on Film
FMP 481 Film Production Capstone II
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
FMP 394 Special Topics
FMP 481 Film Production Capstone II
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
FMP 394 Special Topics
FMP 481 Film Production Capstone II
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
FMP 394 Special Topics
FMP 481 Film Production Capstone II
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
FMP 394 Special Topics
FMP 481 Film Production Capstone II
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
FMP 294 Special Topics
FMP 300 Focus on Film
FMP 481 Film Production Capstone II
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
FMP 300 Focus on Film
FMP 481 Film Production Capstone II
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
FMP 294 Special Topics
FMP 300 Focus on Film
FMP 481 Film Production Capstone II
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
FMP 300 Focus on Film
FMP 481 Film Production Capstone II
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction