Kirsty Griffin was born in Aotearoa / New Zealand -   Ngati Porou, Ngati Awa
In 1982 she attended Waikato University studying Anthropology and Sociology .
In 1988 she attended 1 year Film and Television training course “He Taonga I Tawhiti”. She then worked for twelve years as a set decorator and art director on local and international movies.

She began her photographic career in 2002 as an onset unit stills photographer for both New Zealand and international feature films, working for production companies such as Sony International, Starz TV Network, Columbia Pictures, Fox Studios, Disney Studios, BBC, ITV and Film 4.
During this period she pursued her documentary career working for NGO’s ‘Child Fund’ in East Timor , ‘World Vision’ in Cambodia and South Africa , 'The Doe Fund' in New York City and 'NZ Aids Foundation' in Tonga.
She attended documentary photography workshops with  the late great Mary Ellen Mark and Maggie Steber.
Her work has been published in New Zealand Magazines – On Film, Metro, Achievers, Next, Mana, Express, Listener and the NZ Herald. International magazines Empire, Fangoria, Lino, Emmy and Radio Times.
Kirsty Griffin and Viv Kernick established Bella Pacific Media in 2011, after spending a year in New York City studying Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the International Center Of Photography, where Kirsty received the Helen M Stummer scholarship.

Their film 'Wayne' was their first funded short documentary as part of the first Loading Docs initiative in 2014. Based on this film they received funding from NZ on Air's Digital Media Fund to produce a further 8 films within the same supported community. 'Amy Street' web series  - which has been accepted into many film festivals around the world, for current info  -   http://www.amystreet.net/news
We love the short form Documentary as a succinct way to tell a small important aspect of a person’s life.
Pretty quickly we no longer saw the disability but the individual.
We made ‘Amy Street’ to help show the individual rather than being all lumped in together as a group easily passed by.

They are currently working on a short documentary set on the Chatham Islands, and about to start a community photographic project.


Kirsty Griffin (+64) 021 986054
Viv Kernick  (+64) 021 2431041
Office (+64) 07 8682232


bellapacificmedia@gmail.com
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