Sundance film festival success for Penarth film-maker

Penarth Times: FILMMAKER: Medeni Griffiths from Penarth is living and working in LA. FILMMAKER: Medeni Griffiths from Penarth is living and working in LA.

A PENARTH film-maker living in Los Angeles is celebrating after her latest production was shortlisted for the screenwriters lab at the international film festival, Sundance.

Medeni Griffiths - who has had a film screened at the White House, has won an award for another recent project, and spent a year on the road with a rock band - is still working on Hunting Ground, but believes being shortlisted at the prestigious festival is another step in the right direction.

The 28-year-old has been based in LA for five years, since being awarded a full scholarship to complete a Masters degree - which she started at Oxford’s Ruskin Art School - in writing and directing in the film production programme at USC (the University of Southern California).

In that time the former Stanwell pupil, who grew up on Clive Crescent, has enjoyed success with the educational documentary Two Million Minutes, screened in Washington.

She has worked with Fox Searchlight, the film studio behind Slumdog Millionaire, who gave her the opportunity to make the award-winning short film Summit.

She also spent a year travelling with Grammy-nominated alternative-rockers MGMT, filming their world tour. Along with fellow film-maker Dan Treharne, Medeni was allowed unprecedented access to the band on the road, documenting the quintet as they played North America, Europe, Australasia and Asia. She called the experience “invaluable”.

“LA's an amazing place, but it takes a while to get the hang of the city,” she said.

“But it's been a great experience being here and getting to meet and work with some pretty interesting and talented people.”

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