Allison W. Gryphon
Novelist, filmmaker and breast cancer fighter
Allison W. Gryphon is a novelist, filmmaker and breast cancer fighter with a passion for story and an undying appetite for living life to the fullest.
Allison’s first feature film, La Cucina (Christina Hendricks, Leisha Hailey, Joaquim de Almeida, Rachel Hunter), for which she wrote the screenplay, was released on Showtime in December of 2010. La Cucina won the honor of ‘Best Picture’ at both The Beloit International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Backlot Film Festival, as well as ‘Best Screenplay’ at the Bragacine Festival International de Cinema in Portugal.
Allison’s first novel, the supernatural thriller entitled Blood Moon, is out on shelves now. Blood Moon is the first book in Allison's Witches Moon Trilogy.
In April of 2010, Ms. Gryphon launched a movie and TV insider interview column called Monday Morning Hollywood at Examiner.com. In January of 2011, she began A.W. Gryphon’s Bits & Pieces, a flash fiction blog, which serves as an outlet for a wide array of genres and works. Both the column and the blog are dear to Allison’s heart, but have been on hold since she received some rather surprising news in April of 2011.
On April 13th, 2011, Allison was diagnosed with stage IIIa breast cancer. Everything came to a halt, but only for a moment. Allison took a deep breath, then decided to fight. The first thing she did was look for a movie that would give her an understanding of what she was facing in terms of her cancer battle both physically and emotionally. The movie didn’t exist. She couldn’t believe it. So she decided to make it. Having been a part of the Hollywood community for many years, Allison sent out the call for help, and the response was both overwhelming and beautiful. With absolutely no money to be had, many of Hollywood’s most talented stepped up to the plate and offered her their talents, their services, their time and their hearts. For the most part, Allison paid them with cookies. The result is Allison’s directorial debut, the recently completed feature documentary What the F@#- Is Cancer and Why Does Everybody Have It?
In association with the feature film, a collection of personal stories and programs focusing on specific cancers, treatments and experiences will be released through a series of DVDs entitled The What? series.
Allison is currently working to make getting through the day-to-day of fighting cancer easier for people through her newly created The Why? Foundation, www.thewhyfoundation.org, and paired with designer Piper Gore she is behind The Fighter T for Breast Cancer Fighters. In addition, Allison is stepping behind the camera once again to direct the feature punk rock documentary Hong Kong Cafe due to begin principal photography in early 2014.