At 14 years old, Griffin Loch is already an award-winning filmmakerLee Uber November 19, 2018 1 COMMENT
To call Griffin Loch ambitious would be an understatement. In the span of four years, Loch has written and directed two short films. One is a feature-length film currently streaming on Amazon Prime titled “Calling the Shots.” Loch also recently wrapped production on his second feature length production, “The Adventure of T.P. Man and Flusher.” His newest film already won an IndieFEST award and has been submitted for screenings at the Sundance film festival, South by Southwest, the Tribeca film festival and more. What makes this all so extraordinary is that Griffin Loch is just 14 years old.
Don’t let his age fool you. These aren’t home movies made by a kid on his cell phone. Loch’s films demonstrate an solid understanding of the visual medium and inventive storytelling. In “Calling the Shots,” a story about a student filmmaker who finds himself witnessing a bank heist while location scouting, Loch pulls the audience in with snappy dialogue, PG-13 rated humor and drama and widescreen vistas of the Santa Clarita Valley. He even manages to work a “film within a film” into the story.
As far back as he can remember, Loch wanted to make movies. “For all my birthdays, my parents would help me make movies with my friends and show them as a birthday premiere party,” he said.
Loch’s parents helped guide him before he was old enough to understand the equipment or storytelling techniques. “From (age) five to nine, my parents did most of the work, but they always let me lead with ideas and made me do a lot of the work to teach me.” In addition to his parents, Loch cites Stephen Spielberg’s “Jaws” and Buster Keaton’s films as some of his biggest influences.
Despite it’s whimsical title and the hijinks of its main characters, “The Adventure of T.P. Man and Flusher” deals with a very serious subject: teen depression and suicide. “I came up with this story after one of my actual classmates tried to commit suicide,” Loch mentions. “It really inspired me to pay attention to the issue.” The film aims to show that help always exists and those suffering from depression can always reach out in their time of need.
Loch plans for a big screen premiere in Santa Clarita in January. For details about the release date and location, as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the film, follow “The Adventure of T.P. Man and Flusher” on Instagram and Facebook.