Coming of Age

The world's most famous teen idol, forty-year-old actor Charlie Kostenko, owes his success to hard work, a loyal fan base, and advanced deepfake software that keeps him looking eternally sixteen.

The world is now a place where you can become whoever you want to be. If you can dream it, you can embody it. The only limit is your imagination... and the lingering shadow that is truth.

  • Chris Donald Griffin
    "Mansion of Terror" (short film), "Grow the Fuck Up!" (short film), "A Match Made in Heaven" (short film), "Christmas Stuffing" (short film), "Those Hidden Amongst Us: Bar Tab" (short film), "There can be only One" (short film), "Pillow Fight" (short film).
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Writer Biography - Chris Donald Griffin

Back in 2009 I created Angry Bear Film Productions as an entity to produce my films under.

Before anything, I started out performing improv comedy. My goofy imagination eventually branched off into writing, and then filmmaking.

I have written/directed/produced seven short films. I wrote eight feature screenplays, and I co-wrote two other feature screenplays.  In addition to this, I wrote three tv/streaming pilots.

Comedy has always been my niche, but I’m also a huge sci-fi and fantasy fan. My feature screenplays range from dark comedy, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. My screenplays range from ultra-low-budget to sci-fi epic. I write the kind of stories I enjoy watching on screen, and reading in books and graphic novels.

I’ve also been fortune to have worked with some amazing cast and crew over the years, many of which I worked with time and time again. I had some talented and fun writing partners as well.

I also have a background working in film and television as a Lamp Operator in the lighting department. I’m a member of IATSE 891 in Vancouver, and a member of IATSE 873 in Toronto.

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Writer Statement

Our society has been suffering from a prolonged identity crisis. A culturally accepted obsession with "control" has swept over our lands like a dark storm cloud. Acceptance of self, and the things that drive us, has been replaced by a desire for validation; of who we wish we could be, and the lives we, and others, have convinced us we want/deserve. Self-discovery has gone out of fashion. There is no longer room on the old bucket list for curiosity and introspection.

"Coming of Age" is an exploration of this phenomenon, and how technology might be used to amplify these societal "norms". It's not a condemnation of deepfake technology, but a reflection of humanity's opportunistic tendencies. I wrote this as a fun satire, not as a prophecy of any sort. Only a fool thinks he can predict the future. I hope the near future doesn't reflect the one I created in this screenplay, but I couldn't resist hypothesizing in what ridiculous ways people might exploit deepfake technology, particularly as it improves in effectiveness.