Charlie Griak is an ambitious filmmaker and visual artist with over 15 years of professional experience as a director, writer, storyboard artist, animator, and illustrator.
His most recent project is THE CENTER, a live-action feature film that he wrote, produced and directed. Oscar-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme is the film’s executive producer and presenter. The film has earned screenings in film festivals around the globe, including Cinequest Film Festival, Byron Bay International Film Festival, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, St. Tropez International Film Festival and East End Film Festival in London.
Charlie is also the creator of the award winning animated film FEVER, an eight-minute narrative inspired by the themes of Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment”. It is comprised of nearly 4000 hand-drawn illustrations and earned a screening in The Palm Spring International Festival of Short Films, which is one of a handful of festivals that qualify short films for Oscar consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Always striving to improve himself as an artist, Charlie has studied marble sculpture in Pietrasanta, Italy, and attended the prestigious Illustration Academy in Florida. Both years he was selected as the top student by a faculty that included: John English, Mark English, Sterling Hundley, Gary Kelley, and George Pratt.
Film (Drama) Writer He has a new chance at a new life, but is it worth the cost? Ryan is not unlike millions of people - fresh out of college, a dead-end job, and an endless search for meaning in his life. Offered a new start via a self-help group, simply known as The Center, and their highly charismatic leader Vincent, Ryan soon finds himself enmeshed in a world that seemingly offers him hope. But, there is a dark side to everything, and The Center has many secrets. Charlie Griak's debut feature paints a fascinating and tense portrait of desperation and those that prey upon it. Written by Michael Rabehl,Director of Programming Cinequest Film Festival
Film (Animation and Short) Writer From within his prison-like existence, a young revolutionary attempts to enforce his own ideals upon an unfair world through a brutal act of human will. Immediately after, he finds himself in an unbearable hell of guilt, madness, and persecution. In order to escape, he must make a shocking decision. Written by Charles Griak