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D.W. Griffith

David Wark (D.W.) Griffith has been called the “Father of Film.”

Born in Oldham County and a one-time Louisville resident, Griffith is most famous for directing the controversial 1915 film "Birth of a Nation".

This "Louisville Life" story looks at Griffith’s life, visiting an exhibit at the Oldham Co. Historical Society as well as his gravesite near Crestwood. We talk to a local historian and two Griffith family members who live in LaGrange.

D.W. Griffith’s former home in Lagrange is available for drive by touring only. The home owners are also proprietors of Lagrange’s "The Treasured Child", a unique specialty toy store. More information and contacts can be found at

Like this story? Check out our Season One Et Cetera segment for more on D.W. Griffith and fellow director Tod Browning.

D.W. Griffith has also been featured in the long-running PBS series "American Masters".

Program 401
The fourth season premiere of "Louisville Life" features a retrospective of legendary film director D.W. Griffith, Smith-Berry Vineyard and Winery, areas of Kentucky protected by the National Park Service, the long-standing, award-winning Carmichael's Bookstore and more. (#401)