PHEDON PAPAMICHAEL (Director) Phedon Papamichael, an award winning Cinematographer, was born in Athens, Greece and moved with his family to Germany, where in 1982 he completed his education in Fine Arts, in Munich. His first feature film, the 35mm B&W SPUD, earned him the Award for Best Cinematography at the Cork Film Festival, Ireland. While continuing to work on short and experimental films after moving to Los Angeles, he began his feature career as a Director of Photography for Roger Corman, for whom he photographed seven feature films within two years. Phedon now counts over 40 feature films to his credit as Director of Photography, including the early block-busters While You Were Sleeping and Cool Runnings, as well as Phenomenon, all directed by Jon Turteltaub. In 2001 Phedon 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 the Oscar-nominated Sideways directed by Alexander Payne. His credits continued with The Weatherman starring Nicolas Cage and Michael Caine and Walk The Line, again starring Joaquin Phoenix as well as Reese Witherspoon, which won the GOLDEN FROG at CAMERIMAGE (President’s Award 2005), for Best Cinematography. Phedon shot the Academy Award nominated western 3:10 to Yuma, directed by James Mangold, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, and the blockbuster Pursuit of Happyness. In 2008 he photographed Oliver Stone’s W. and then re-teamed again with James Mangold on Knight and Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. He shot two of the most award-winning films of 2011: Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, which received four ACADEMY AWARD nominations and The Ides Of March, directed by George Clooney. This is 40, directed by Judd Apatow was released in 2012 and won Comedy of the Year from the Hollywood Film Festival. For his gorgeous B&W lensing on the highly acclaimed Nebraska, which received 6 Academy Award nominations and was directed by Alexander Payne, Phedon received an OSCAR, BAFTA and ASC nomination, winning the BSC Award amongst other honors. He then worked on The Mounments Men, directed by George Clooney and starring Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett and Jean Dujardin and in 2015, Phedon completed The Huntsman- A Winter’s War to be released in April, 2016. He is currently in production on Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, starring Matt Damon. Early in his career Phedon directed and photographed the feature film Dark Side of Genius (1993) and directed the Showtime Original The Sketch ARtist (1991), starring Sean Young and Drew Barrymore for which he recieved the 1992 Cable ACE Award nomination for Best Cinematography. He returned to directing in 2007 with the psychological horror From Within, starring Adam Goldberg, Thomas Dekker and Jared Harris,and had his fourth directing effort, Aradia Lost, starring Nick Nolte and Haley Bennett, selected by 11 International film festivals. He followed up with Lost Angeles, staring Joelle Carter and renewing his collaboration with Adam Goldberg, Seymour Cassel and Mark Boon Jr. In addition to his feature work, Phedon has shot and/or directed over 100 commercials for such clients as HARLEY DAVIDSON, NESPRESSO, BMW, AUDI, CADILLAC, NISSAN, HYUNDAI, DURALAST, COORS, VW, SEAT, RENAULT, FUJI, BARILLA, McDonald’s, BUD LIGHT, BECK’S, GOODYEAR, ESPN, TACO BELL, DiGIORNO, TARGET, POWERADE, ALLSTATE, FIDELITY, and NEXTEL.
On the Music-Video side, his work includes videos for U2, The Killers, Eric Clapton, Bryan Ferry, Pearl Jam (directed by Cameron Crowe), Kid Cudi’s “Maniac” (directed by Shia LeBeouf) and the GRAMMY nominated long-format video for “Willie Nelson at the Teatro”. Phedon was also the Visual Supervisor for the ACADEMY AWARD nominated “Buena Vista Social Club” directed by Wim Wenders. His work also includes several ventures into television. Oliver Stone’s innovative mini-series Wild Palms received a 1993 ASC Award Nomination for Best Cinematography. Francis Ford Coppola-produced pilots, The conversation and White Dwarf, the latter earning him his second ASC Award Nomination in 1995. Papamichael’s many international Awards include the ORPHEUS CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (LAGFF in 2010) and the GERMAN INDEPENDENCE HONORARY AWARD (Oldenburg FF 2012). He was accepted as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1997, where he served several years on the Cinematographers Branch Executive Committee. Phedon is also a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the Greek Society of Cinematographers and the International Cinematographers Guild.