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Phedon Papamichael


Phedon Papamichael, an award winning Director and Cinematographer, was born in 1962 in Athens, Greece and moved with his family to Germany where, in 1982, he completed his education in Fine Arts, in Munich. Working as a photojournalist brought Phedon to NYC in 1983, where he started crossing over into cinematography.


His first short, the 35mm black & white film SPUD, earned him the Award for Best Cinematography at the Cork Film Festival in Ireland. Phedon moved to Los Angeles, following a call from his cousin and later collaborator John Cassavetes. While continuing to work on short and experimental films, he began his feature career as Director of Photography for Roger Corman, for whom he photographed seven feature films within two years.


Phedon now counts forty-two feature films to his credit as Director of Photography. In 2001, he shot MOONLIGHT MILE (Berlinale, 2003), directed by Brad Silberling, starring ACADEMY AWARD Winners Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon and Holly Hunter. It was followed by IDENTITY, directed by James Mangold, and in 2004 came the highly acclaimed SIDEWAYS (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER: Best Screenplay, Nominee: Best Picture), directed by Alexander Payne.


His efforts continued with THE WEATHERMAN, directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Nicolas Cage and Michael Caine and WALK THE LINE, again directed by Mangold and staring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, who won an ACADEMY AWARD for her performance. It also won the GOLDEN FROG at CAMERIMAGE (Presidentʼs Award 2005), for Best Cinematography.


More recently he completed work on 10 ITEMS OR LESS, directed by Brad Silberling and starring Morgan Freeman, the block-buster PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, for which Will Smith received an ACADEMY AWARD nomination and the critically acclaimed Western 3:10 TO YUMA, starring Russel Crow and Christian Bale.


In 2007, Phedon directed the psychological horror film FROM WITHIN, staring Adam Goldberg Thomas Dekker and Jared Harris, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2008, and won four awards at the 2008 Solstice Film Festival, including Grand Jury Award: Best Film.


Papamichael was accepted as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1997 and has served several years on the Cinematographers Branch Executive Committee. He is also a member of The American Society of Cinematographers and the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG 600). Phedon resides in Los Angeles and Athens, Greece and speaks English, German, French and Greek. He holds German, Greek and U.S. citizenship.