FOUNDER and ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
David Beck founded The Great Griffon as a response to the lack of authentic LGBTQ characters in mainstream entertainment. He is an actor, screenwriter, and composer. His award-winning short film "For Francis" (produced by Starr Films and directed by Angelique Letizia) played in film festivals worldwide and has been used to teach its themes of diversity and acceptance in Chicago public schools and universities in Indiana. In addition, he is the creator of the web series Spring Street, in which he was honored with a Best Screenplay nomination from the Online International Web Fest in London. Additional producing credits include the satiric short film "The Exalted" directed by Viktor Luna and the New York revival of the critically acclaimed play "Animals out of Paper" by Rajiv Joseph, directed by Merri Milwe. As an actor, he has won several distinctions and appeared in dozens of plays and independent films, roles ranging from Shakespeare to Brecht to Albert Innaurato.
Natalia Bougadellis is a young Director and Cinematographer from Athens, Greece. She has studied Film and Television at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She is currently based in New York City, yet her directorial debut is “The Owls,” a short film shot in her hometown, Athens. Natalia is invested in queer film narratives and to the promotion of gender equality in film, and she has received several distinctions and awards for her work. She has served as one of the Co-directors of Fusion Film Festival, a festival that promotes women in film and is part of the Sundance Initiative for Women. Natalia has also worked on numerous short films as a Director of Photography in Dublin, Athens, Abu Dhabi, and New York.
Blue Slate Films / 13th Street Repertory Theatre / Starr Films /
Immigration Equality The Trevor Project