Phedon Papamichael

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Phedon Papamichael
Born 1962 (age 55–56)
Athens, Greece
Nationality Greek
Occupation Cinematographer, film director
Spouse(s) Eka Chichua (29 July 2006 – present)
Children 2

Phedon Papamichael ASC (Greek: Φαίδων Παπαμιχαήλ), born 1962, is a Greek cinematographer[1] and film director.[2]

Life and career[edit]

He was born in Athens, Greece in 1962 to a Greek father and a German mother. When Phedon was six years old, his family relocated to the United States, as his father, a well-known artist and set designer, was offered a job as a production designer for John Cassavetes. From an early age, he was involved in cinema. He studied photography and art at the University of Munich and received his Bachelor in Fine Arts in 1982.[3]

His first job as a cinematographer was in the film Dance of the Damned in 1988.[1]

He later made his debut as a director in the film Showtime’s Sketch Artist in 1992 and two years later he directed Dark Side of Genius.

He has been a member of the American Society of Cinematographers since 2000.

In 2000 he was awarded the Prix Vision of the Avignon Film Festival for his cinematography in 27 Missing Kisses.

As a cinematographer, he has shot nearly fifty films, including Phenomenon, America's Sweethearts, Sideways, Walk the Line, The Weather Man, The Monuments Men, and Nebraska, for which he won an Academy Award nomination. He has worked with directors Alexander Payne, Oliver Stone and George Clooney, and many others, and has also directed films, such as Sketch Artist, Dark Side of Genius, From Within, Arcadia Lost.

He has worked with Hollywood stars Will Smith, John Travolta, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Russell Crowe, Cameron Diaz and others, and maintains a long-term friendship with Joaquin Phoenix and Dustin Hoffman.

He spends his time between Los Angeles and Leonidio, Greece.

In an interview with Greek Reporter Papamichael said, ”I want to spend more time in Greece from next year. My parents live there and my home is also there. I visit Los Angeles regularly just for my job. Obviously, I will move permanently to Leonidio some time in the future. It’s unlikely to live the twilight of my life in the United States.”[4]

Selected filmography[edit]


Year Title Director Notes
1988 Dance of the Damned Katt Shea
1989 After Midnight Jim Wheat
Ken Wheat
Stripped to Kill II: Live Girls Katt Shea
Nowhere to Run Carl Franklin
1990 Prayer of the Rollerboys Rick King
Body Chemistry Kristine Peterson
Streets Katt Shea
1991 Driving Me Crazy Jon Turteltaub
1992 Poison Ivy Katt Shea
1993 Cool Runnings Jon Turteltaub
Wild Palms Bruce Wagner TV miniseries
1994 Dark Side of Genius also director
1995 Unstrung Heroes Diane Keaton
White Dwarf Peter Markle TV film
While You Were Sleeping Jon Turteltaub
1996 Unhook the Stars Nick Cassavetes
Phenomenon Jon Turteltaub
Bio-Dome Jason Bloom
1997 MouseHunt Gore Verbinski
The Locusts John Patrick Kelly a.k.a. "A Secret Sin"
1998 Patch Adams Tom Shadyac
Willie Nelson at the Teatro Wim Wenders
2000 27 Missing Kisses Nana Dzhordzhadze
The Million Dollar Hotel Wim Wenders
2001 America's Sweethearts Joe Roth
2002 Moonlight Mile Brad Silberling
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet Wim Wenders segment "Twelve Miles to Trona"
Viel passiert – Der BAP-Film Wim Wenders a.k.a. "Ode to Cologne: A Rock 'N' Roll Film"
I Drink, I Gamble, and I Write: The Making of Barfly Cecilia Miniucchi
2003 Who Killed the Idea? Hermann Vaske short
Identity James Mangold
Other Side of the Road Wim Wenders short
2004 Sideways Alexander Payne
Mathilde Nina Mimica
2005 The Weather Man Gore Verbinski
Walk the Line James Mangold
Lights 2 Marcus Dillistone short
2006 Men in Trees James Mangold pilot episode
10 Items or Less Brad Silberling
2007 3:10 to Yuma James Mangold
2008 W. Oliver Stone
2009 Arcadia Lost also director
2010 Knight and Day James Mangold
2011 The Ides of March George Clooney
Maniac Shia Laboeuf short
The Descendants Alexander Payne
2012 This Is 40 Judd Apatow
2013 Nebraska Alexander Payne Nominated for Academy Award, best Cinematography
2014 The Monuments Men George Clooney
2016 The Huntsman: Winter's War Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
2017 Downsizing Alexander Payne



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