Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC is a director and cinematographer who is unafraid of pushing emotion to the forefront. He is renowned as one of the world’s great director/cinematographers, widely admired for his ability to craft deeply affecting stories, which feature Oscar-worthy imagery.
He most recently directed A BEAUTIFUL DAY, a 20-minute short starring James Brolin as Gene Thompson, a retired accountant celebrating his self-imposed last day of freedom. The short film has aired at 28 film festivals, winning Best Film five time to date.
Papamichael is currently in preproduction to direct three films: Ruthless, an old-school revenge thriller set in the South; The Silver Arrow, about a group of car-thieves attempting to steal a legendary pre-WWII racing car; and Good Company, a road-movie comedy which Papamichael co-wrote.
In 2012 his film Lost Angeles, a dark comedy about a homeless convict who enters the world of celebrity Los Angeles by pretending to be a paparazzo, premiered at the Oldenburg Film Festival. His other feature films include Arcadia Lost, about two teenagers stranded in rural Greece after a car wreck, staring Nick Nolte and Haley Bennett; and From Within, a psychological horror film set in a small town in Maryland.
As well as long form directing, Papamichael’s portfolio of commercials is extensive. Most recently he wrapped spots for Green Cola, Aegean Airlines and Coffee Island in Europe. He has also directed commercials for Volkswagen, Seat and Infiniti, and is currently preparing spots for Bank of Georgia.
Papamichael’s work as a director of photography is equally as diverse. For his gorgeous black-and-white cinematography on Alexander Payne’s highly acclaimed feature film Nebraska, Papamichael earned an Oscar nomination, a BAFTA nomination, a BSC win and an ASC nomination among other lofty honors. His next film with Payne, Downsizing, starring Matt Damon, will be released in the United States on Dec. 22, 2017.
Other films Papamichael lensed include: Alexander Payne’s The Descendants and Sideways; George Clooney’s The Monuments Men and The Ides of March; Judd Apatow’s This is 40; James Mangold’s Western 3:10 to Yuma, Knight and Day, Identity, the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line (for which Papamichael won the prestigious Camerimage Golden Frog President’s Award and Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar); Oliver Stone’s W; Gore Verbinski’s The Weatherman; Gabriele Muccino’s Pursuit of Happyness (for which Will Smith received an Oscar nomination); and Moonlight Mile, directed by Brad Silberling and starring Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon and Holly Hunter.
In 2000 he filmed Wim Wenders’ The Million Dollar Hotel, which was chosen as the Opening Film of the Berlin Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize, the Silver Bear, as well as the Golden Camera; and Nana Djordjadze’s 27 Missing Kisses, which premiered at Directors Fortnight at Cannes and garnered the Grand Prix Award at the 2000 New York/Avignon Film Festival and the Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography.
Phedon resides in Los Angeles and Athens, Greece and speaks fluent English, German, French and Greek. He holds German, Greek and U.S. citizenship. He is represented by Untitled for commercial directing.
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