James Chressanthis, Award Winning Director

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Joanna will interview James Chressanthis, an extraordinary director/cinematographer. As cinematographer, his work includes feature films, television movies, music videos, commercials and documentaries. Jim is the director/cinematographer of the hit CBS TV show GHOST WHISPERER and re-shot the ending of the Academy Award-winning film CHICAGO. He just completed the Renee Zellweger-produced film LIVING PROOF starring Harry Connick, Jr. Jim has been Emmy- nominated twice for FOUR MINUTES, the story of runner Roger Bannister’s quest to break the four-minute mile barrier, and for LIFE WITH JUDY GARLAND: ME AND MY SHADOWS, the widely acclaimed biography of the late star. In October 2001, Jim was the only cinematographer selected by DAILY VARIETY as one of 20 rising stars to watch in the film industry. Joanna’s interview will focus on Jim’s extraordinary documentary NO SUBTITLES NECESSARY: LASZLO & VILMOS, the story of a 50-year journey, an intimate portrait of two giants of modern image making and their deep bond of brotherhood. The film follows the lives of renowned cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Szigmond. As film students in Hungary, they shot footage of the Russian invasion of Budapest in 1956 and smuggled it out of the country. Barely escaping with their lives, they fled to America and settled in Hollywood where they rose to prominence in the late 60s and 70s with such films as EASY RIDER, FIVE EASY PIECES and DELIVERANCE. Working with directors Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich and Martin Scorsese, they helped define a new American film aesthetic and pioneered innovative, fearless ways to tell stories. NO SUBTITLES NECESSARY will be shown at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival on June 27 at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles. Tickets may be purchased online at www.lagreekfilmfestival.org. For more information and a listing of other film festivals where the documentary will be shown, visit www.laszloandvilmos.com.

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