Greg King is a filmmaker and multimedia artist based in Los Angeles, but he is quick to add that he was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, the "jewel of the Ohio" and birthplace of the Derby Pie. He wears a vintage belt buckle that reads "May The Force Be With You".
King has wide-ranging experience in a number of artistic disciplines, as he is restless and easily distracted. He studied printmaking in college at the Kansas City Art Institute, and ran a small offset-printing business called One Ton Press for several years while living in Chicago, making artist books, poetry collections, and CD booklets for indie rock bands. During his years in Chicago he also created and led several large-scale outdoor mural projects with disadvantaged youth for a number of Christian and non-profit institutions.
In the mid-nineties, oil painting was his primary artistic focus, and he has exhibited widely in a diversity of venues across the country and abroad, such as the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, the Foreman Art Gallery in Sherbrooke, Quebec, the Organization of Independent Artists in New York, and the Butcher Shop Gallery in Chicago. He has received grants from Arts Midwest (an NEA Regional Fellowship), the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, and the Mustard Seed Foundation in the form of a Harvey Fellowship. He holds an MFA from Hunter College for experiments in painting, drawing, film and video, and while there he received a scholarship to attend the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland as an exchange student. His film and video work grew during his time at Hunter College, where he became invested in digital video and non-linear editing.
From 1995 to 2006, he was a member of the music group Rachel's, and projected original Super-8 films to accompany their live performances. King looks at this body of work of "cutting film to music" as the basis for his sensibilities as an editor and general approach to film, or "cinematic" media. He toured extensively with Rachel's throughout America and Europe, with special appearances at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York (WNYC's New Sounds Live Series 2006), the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2000-05), On the Boards, Seattle (2003), and the 2002 All Tomorrow's Parties Music Festival in southern England.
In the 2000s, King worked as a film and video projection design for experimental theater in New York, and collaborated with the likes of acclaimed director Anne Bogart and the SITI Company ("Hotel Cassiopeia" and "Systems/Layers") and artistic director Lear deBessonet from Stillpoint Productions ("Bone Portraits" and "The Eliots").
His recent film projects include the dance films 'brooklyn flower' and 'chloes', and an experimental film cycle entitled 'Rotating Mirror' (which received grant support from Angels Net Foundation and the Jerome Foundation). His feature documentary film "Our House" (co-directed with David Teague) received its World Premiere at Hot Docs 2010, and can be seen on The Documentary Channel.
Most recently, King won the grand prize as well as the Sony "Genesis" award at the New Filmmakers Los Angeles screening event called "On Location" for his short film "Glass Sun".