2013 SFFS / Hearst Screenwriting Grant Winner: Alistair Banks Griffin


The San Francisco Film Society selected Alistair Banks Griffin to receive this year’s $15,000 SFFS / Hearst Screenwriting Grant for development of his script Snow the Jones!


When teenage vagabond Lexi joins a traveling door-to-door magazine sales crew, she discovers a world much darker than the one from which she was trying to escape. Snow the Jones explores the very real world of sales crews, where kids are taught to lie, cheat and steal to make sales while sleeping six to a room every night, ex-military managers force kids with the lowest sales to fistfight until unconsciousness and owners cook the books while hooking kids on drugs and life on the road. Lured into the lifestyle with promises of riches, new friends, adventure and nightly hedonistic romps in road side motels, Lexi soon learns that she has entered into a battle for nothing less than her own soul. Built upon the true stories of former sales crew survivors, the film is an experiential trip into a dark side of the American dream and a lost young girl looking for a place to belong.


Alistair Banks Griffin was born in England and raised in New Orleans. After earning a BFA at Rhode Island School of Design, Griffin premiered his short film Gauge at the 2008 New York Film Festival. In 2009 he was the recipient of a Cinereach grant for his first feature film script Two Gates of Sleep, which competed for the Camera D'Or in the Fortnight selection of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and won the Grand Prize at CPH:PIX. He is currently participating in the 2013 Berlinale Residency with his period screenplay Therese, produced by Treme creator Eric Overmeyer. Snow the Jones will be his second feature film.