Cyril Griffin

Cyril J. Griffin passed away peacefully on August 1, 2017. Born on April 26, 1933 in Burlington, Vermont, he was the son of Cyril Joseph Griffin and Aline Colby Griffin. He married Elizabeth Joan Green in Long Beach, California in 1951. He graduated USAF Intelligence School in Denver, Colorado and served 4 years; preparing weekly briefings for commanders responsible for the NYC to Washington DC air defense zone. He earned a BFA in Theater Arts / Motion Pictures (history minor) from UCLA in 1958, plus 2 years graduate work. He was a copywriter for Putnam publishers and J. Walter Thompson in New York City. In the late 60’s he developed a visual art form; projecting and dissolving two still slide images with manual controls to provide ‘flow’ as if it was film. His company ‘Prometheus Productions’, located above the Filmore East, produced for corporate clients and the New York State Council on the Arts. He married Mary Curtis Ratcliff, a founding member of Videofreex in 1971. He was adopted by Leonard Crow Dog and his father Henry Crow Dog of Rosebud, South Dakota. He recorded audio, video and photographed at Crow Dog’s Paradise, the ‘Trail of Broken Treaties’, the burning of Custer, and inside Wounded Knee. He is survived by his children: Janet Griffin of Wingdale, NY, Jim Griffin of Kent, CT, Lisa Weems of Marblehead, MA, Tracy Griffin of Boston, MA and Erin Griffin of Pittsburgh, PA, and his six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Arrangements through Libby Funeral Home, Inc., 55 Teller Ave., Beacon, NY 12508

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