James Chressanthis, ASC, GSC
Village under the Temple, 2011
Zoe Panamint, 2017
James Chressanthis has been a cinematographer on more than twenty feature films and television movies and over two hundred hours of dramatic pilots and series. He is a three-time Emmy nominee and has also shot and directed documentaries and break-through hip hop music videos including NWA's Straight Otta Compton. He shot the pilot of Ghost Whisperer and was a cinematographer and regular director for the entire five-year series. Chressanthis has been nominated for a cinematography Emmy® twice for Four Minutes and Life with Judy Garland. He produced, wrote and directed No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos feature documentary which premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and is a multiple award winner screening at more than forty film festivals worldwide as well as a documentary Emmy® nominee. He photographed the Sundance premiere documentary Cesar's Last Fast, the life story of Cesar Chavez and another Cannes premiere documentary Close Encounters With Vilmos Zsigmond. Recent dramatic credits as Director of Photography are Electra's Revenge, the creation of a new ballet from rehearsal to premiere, Oprah Winfrey’s Greenleaf, The Tale, GONE, American Horror Story: Freak Show and the civil rights drama The Watsons Go To Birmingham. Major features include Urban Legend and additional photography on the Oscar® winning Chicago.
Village under the Temple
On a forbidding mountain top in Greece the Temple of Apollo Epicurios, built by the same architect of the Parthenon, is shrouded beneath a tent undergoing restoration. Below the temple is the village of Lynistaina my ancestral home where fourteen thousand people once lived at the threshold of this shrine. Today just forty.
A portrait, a flowering artichoke, a schoolhouse in a mountain village, a meditation, a map of life.