Ice Cream Man

Logline: Crazy customers, freak accidents, regret, and that incessant ice cream truck music, leads to a tragic day Johnny will never forget.

Synopsis: With an explosive smile, Johnny dispenses tasty treats to the “wholesome” citizens of his small vacation town. One Saturday shift reveals that all is not well in Johnny’s life. He rebels against the prison that is his job and life, as the musical jingle from his truck slowly drives him towards madness.

  • 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), and "Pillow Fight" (short film)
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    Comedy, Dark Comedy
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  • Summer in the South Film Festival,2020
    Atlanta, Georgia
    September 6, 2020
    Won "Best International Screenplay"
  • Bloodstained Indie Film Festival, 2020
    Tokyo, Japan
    December 5, 2020
    Won “Best Feature Script", one of four winners
  • Austin After Dark Film Festival, Summer 2020
    Austin, Texas
    June 14, 2020
    Nominated for “Best International Screenplay”
  • Houston Comedy Film Festival, Fall 2020
    Houston, Texas
    September 14, 2020
    Nominated for “Best Dark Comedy Feature Length Screenplay”
  • Oregon Scream Week Horror Film Festival, Fall 2020
    Portland, Oregon
    October 8, 2020
    Nominated for “Best International Feature Screenplay Award”
  • South Carolina Underground Film Festival, 2020
    Charleston, South Carolina
    November 6, 2020
    Finalist (Top 10) for “Feature Length Screenplay”
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

I wrote "Ice Cream Man" to honour the brave men and women, who must endure the nauseating jingle of the ice cream truck, hour after hour, day after day, month after month. These drivers sacrifice their sanity, to bring us a cool and sweet respite from the torturous heat and humidity summer brings.

"Ice Cream Man" has been in development for a few years now. I originally wrote it for shits and giggles. Considering readers enjoy it, and it wouldn't require a ridiculous budget, I decided to push forward with trying to get this one made. As of 2020, the project has been budgeted, key scenes storyboarded, a vfx demo created, as well as promotional materials, a theme song, and a new business model for the project. Like with any project, it's a long and unpredictable road.