Friday, June 2, 2023

New York Rocks

It is with great personal pride that I announce the forthcoming release of the new HBO documentary Rock Hudson: All That Heaven Allowed

The film will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Festival in Manhattan on June 11th, with the HBO broadcast debut following soon after. In between, there will be screenings at film festivals in Provincetown, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Participating in this project as an associate producer and consultant has been a true labor of love. Heartfelt Congratulations to director Stephen Kijak, our tireless team of producers and an extraordinary group of interview subjects.

Special Thanks to Dan Works, Keary Nichols and Alexa Foreman (of TCM) for their assistance with this production.

Monday, March 21, 2022

Judy 100

The 2022 Bates Film Festival will pay tribute to screen icon Judy Garland with a centennial celebration in Freeport, Maine on April 2nd. At 10am, Nordica Theatre screens Garland's 1944 classic "Meet Me In St. Louis," directed by Vincente Minnelli.  This acclaimed MGM musical will be introduced by Minnelli biographer Mark Griffin. 

At 1:30, Griffin hosts "Judy 100: A Centennial Celebration" at Meetinghouse Arts (40 Main Street, Freeport). Attendees will learn about Garland's life and multifaceted career, participate in a trivia contest and view memorabilia from Griffin's personal collection. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit...

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Maine in The Movies

Join us as we celebrate Maine's 200th birthday with the 17-city bicentennial event "Maine In The Movies," which showcases 35 films with connections to The Pine Tree State.

On Wednesday, March 11th at 7pm, Mark Griffin introduces a special screening of the 1946 classic A Stolen Life at the Nordica Theater in Freeport.  Oscar-winner and longtime Maine resident Bette Davis not only starred in the film but produced it as well. Learn more and view the official festival trailer at

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Rock of Ages

Mark Griffin's new book, All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson, will be published by HarperCollins on December 4, 2018.   Drawing on more than a hundred interviews with Hudson's co-stars, family members and former companions, All That Heaven Allows pays homage to the screen legend whose life and death had a lasting impact on American culture.

Click the link below to pre-order the book that Kirkus Reviews calls "an engrossing  and carefully documented account of a beloved film icon's life."


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Hooked on "Dolls"

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jacqueline Susann’s immortal bestseller, Valley of the Dolls, Mark Griffin will introduce a special screening of the 1967 film adaptation starring Barbara Parkins, Sharon Tate and the incomparable Patty Duke (as tormented superstar Neely O’Hara).  

Released by 20th Century-Fox a year after Susann’s novel became a publishing industry phenomenon, the movie version of Valley of the Dolls is widely considered ‘The Queen Mother of Cult Classics’ and the ultimate guilty pleasure.  In addition to the three leads, the film also features Oscar winners Susan Hayward and Lee Grant and in a contractually arranged cameo appearance, Jacqueline Susann herself.  

This invitation only event takes place on Saturday, July 16th, 2016 at the Eveningstar Cinema in Brunswick, Maine.  In addition to Griffin’s introductory remarks, this Valley extravaganza includes surprise guests, a trivia contest and a thematically appropriate luncheon served at Henry and Marty restaurant (as Lee Grant says in the movie, “I’ll start heating up the lasagna…”).    

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Best of Bond: All About 007

On newsstands now...i-5 Publishing explores the enduring influence of the James Bond film franchise in its new special edition magazine ("James Bond: The World's Most Famous Spy"). Mark Griffin celebrates "The Sound of Bond" by interviewing Dame Shirley Bassey, Carly Simon, Sheena Easton and Bond theme composer Monty Norman. Get the inside story on the most stylish secret agent in cinema history by picking up your copy today.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

For The Love of Lucy

On newsstands now...Celebrate the enduring popularity of America's best-loved sitcom with i-5 Publishing's special edition tribute to "I Love Lucy."
This collector's magazine examines the unprecedented success of the series while providing readers with a glimpse behind the scenes of many of the best remembered episodes.
Mark Griffin's profiles of Vivian Vance and William Frawley reveal how these two seasoned veterans came to be cast as Fred and Ethel Mertz and why they were far from fond of one another. Pick up your copy of the magazine today. 
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