Griffin Loch is just 15 years old, but he’s already made two feature-length films and is at work on a third.
A screening of his latest movie, “The Adventure of T.P. Man and Flusher,” is set for Saturday at noon at the Fortuna Theatre, 1241 Main St.
Loch — who writes, co-produces, directs and co-edits all of his films — says he was “born interested in filmmaking.”
“Ever since I can remember,” he said, “I’ve always wanted to be a filmmaker. … For all my birthdays my parents would help me make movies with my friends and show them as a birthday premiere party. From 5 (to) 9, 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.”
He made his first short film, a black and white noir thriller called “The Hand,” when he was 11. At 12, he finished its sequel, “The Hand Part II — Five Fingered Revenge.”
While Loch says he enjoyed making short films, he felt he had more to tell, so he started working on his first feature-length script, “Calling the Shots,” while he was in the seventh-grade. That film is now available through Amazon Prime, he said.
“After completion (of ‘Calling the Shots’), I wanted to start immediately again, and so ‘The Adventure of T.P. Man and Flusher’ was born.”
His new film, which runs just under two hours, stars Blake Borders, Arielle Gottesman, Adam Simpson, Benjamin Snow, Skyler Vekouteren and Spencer Cantrell and features a host of other actors, including his mother and father, Tonde Razooly and Robert McPeters, and his grandfather, Tom Razooly.
“‘TP Man,’” Loch said, “was written after a fellow learner tried to commit suicide in my class during the end of my seventh-grade year. I was surprised at how so many did not want to talk about it and their self-blame for not helping sooner. That’s when I found out about the tragedy of this epidemic that was affecting so many. I wanted to write something that was interesting to watch, (adventurous) and funny, but also that offered a look at finding help and hope for those struggling with teen depression.”
He added: “My parents are more than supportive and allowed me to pay for my film, that cost about $7,000 in total, from my college fund. They know me well and know filmmaking is the only profession I will pursue.”
Loch says he lives in Humboldt County — where his mother was born and raised — about 50 percent of the time.
“We have a small cabin in Bridgeville/Blocksburg, where I spend six months out of the year,” he said. “I do most of my screenplay writing in my loft bedroom that overlooks the fern- and moss-covered forest. I also spend my summers here swimming in the river and editing my films in my grandfather’s workshop. The other part of the year we live in Valencia … where I take advantage of the learning opportunities of the film industry.”
Loch is a student at SCVi Charter School Explorations, based in Southern California.
“In that program, I am free to study and pursue my film career as part of my curriculum,” said Loch, who is currently finishing his second year of high school credits.
Right now, he’s in Humboldt County writing his third feature-length film, “A Spark of Nothing,” which he plans to film this summer.
“This film is very different from ‘T.P. Man,’ because it is a romantic film about angels and a decision to split realities that changes everything,” he said.
So far, “The Adventure of T.P. Man and Flusher” has been screened at the American Film Institute in Hollywood, the Shakespeare Theater in Castaic, Sierra Vista Cinemas in Clovis and The Main Theater in Newhall. Each screening has been followed by a question-and-answer session, he said.
“We have gotten very positive responses from our audiences and look forward to our screening in Fortuna (on) April 20th and the IFS Film Festival screening in May back in Los Angeles. The film will be released online in May 2019,” he said.Loch says he hopes that his pursuits will inspire other young filmmakers to tell the stories they want to tell — and not to wait to start pursuing their dreams.
Of “T.P. Man” he says, “I hope that the entertaining portrayal of a very serious topic will encourage teens to speak out about getting help if they are suffering from depression. It is not an adult lecturing, but from a director that himself is a teen. There is hope.”
Tickets for the Fortuna screening of “T.P. Man” are $10. To purchase tickets online, go to http://griffinloch.com/upcoming-screenings.