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FRESH FOCUS City Hearts Photography Benefit Auction and Party – October 19

Saturday, October 19 3:00-5:30 with VIP After Party 6:00pm  –  Old Canyon Ranch, Topanga   https://freshfocus.eventbrite.com tickets & map

Please give your generous support to City Hearts Kids Say “Yes” To The Arts. This critical program that has reached thousands of young people is in its 28th year providing after-school arts programs in Music, Dance, Theater, Art and Photography in the Los Angeles public schools. http://www.cityhearts.org

The auction includes vintage and contemporary images of Ray Charles, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Seymour,  Federico Fellini, Cesar Chavez, Kristen Chenoweth,  Chevy Metal, Emma Thompson, Judy Davis and Max Adler. 40 photographers exhibiting and donating their work include Vilmos ZsigmondJeff BridgesRobin Becker,  Anthony FriedkinWalton GogginsKim Gottlieb-WalkerJane KerrJessica LangeGraham NashJane Seymour, Peter SorelBarbra Streisand, Raul VegaFelice Willat, and Henry Winkler. All this is complimented by great folks, food and music. We hope to see you there but if you cannot attend in person please consider the Online Auction by contacting City Hearts or making a direct donation  https://freshfocus.eventbrite.com

Below: GET HAPPY: Judy Davis as Judy Garland, 2000 by James Chressanthis, ASC archival print from 35mm black & white negative

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Freedom Road: THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM

The most infamous and galvanizing hate crime of the Civil Rights era is brought back to life in a stirring new Hallmark Channel television feature.
A personal window into events fifty years ago that changed our country forever. Cinematography by James Chressanthis, ASC.
Article by Bob Fisher. http://www.icgmagazine.com/wordpress/2013/09/03/freedom-road/#more-2774

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We Love You Karen Black

So sad that Karen Black passed. She was full of spirit and smiles to the end. We are forever grateful for her contribution to No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos. Her kind heart and generosity were clear to see when she reunited with Laszlo. He said ” You were perfect in Five Easy Pieces.” I asked her what made Laszlo such a great cinematographer and she said: “Laszlo points his camera at the story.” Her recollection of her preparation and the making of “Five Easy Pieces” is a must for any actor or filmmaker. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/09/movies/karen-black-versatile-character-actress-dies-at-74.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
Photo: So sad that Karen Black passed today. She was full of spirit and smiles to the end. We are forever grateful for her contribution to No Subtitles Necessary. Her kind heart and generosity were clear to see when she reunited with Laszlo. He said " You were perfect in Five Easy Pieces." I asked her what made Laszlo such a great cinematographer and she said: "Laszlo points his camera at the story." Her recollection of her preparation and the making of "Five Easy Pieces" is a must for any actor or filmmaker. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/09/movies/karen-black-versatile-character-actress-dies-at-74.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
Karen in 2009
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With Jack Nicholson in “Five Easy Pieces”

Don’t miss THE MAKEOVER, Sunday, January 27 on ABC

Watch the trailer here

“Prosecuting Casey Anthony” airs January 19 on Lifetime

This Saturday, January 19, at 8pm Eastern and Pacific, the Lifetime movie, which I shot, “Prosecuting Casey Anthony,” will air. Starring Rob Lowe, “Prosecuting Casey Anthony” tells the story of the eponymous trial that attempted to convict the defendant for the death of her 2-year-old daughter in Orlando, Florida in 2008. This true story of the mind-blowing trial will astonish and move you. Please tune in!

The Client List: Season 2 Coming Soon…

Here we are making The Client List, which returns to Lifetime this Spring!

Last Thanksgiving

Last week, Toronto’s NOW columnists Susan G. Cole and Norman Wilner named Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Waltz” (1978) the best concert movie of all time. Photographed by Michael Chapman, who brought together a powerhouse cinematographic team that included Vilmos Zsigmond and László Kovács, the film documents the last concert by the 70s folk-rock group The Band, with a plethora of special guest performances by the likes of Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, and more. This is a fitting time of year to remember the film, as the concert took place on Thanksgiving Day 1976. Re-released in 2002, “The Last Waltz” is readily available on DVD.

And you can learn more about the remarkable careers of László and Vilmos in the documentary “No Subtitles Necessary,” which is available on DVD from Cinema Libre.

Once, twice, three times László Kovács

As previously mentioned, László Kovács worked with director Peter Bogdanovich on six full-length motion pictures, beginning with the 1968 thriller Targets. Just as directors over and over again chose Vilmos Zsigmond to be behind the camera, so too did they recognize the talent of his colleague and countryman. Dennis Hopper was another one of the first directors who recognized Kovács’ skill and put it to use on multiple occasions, producing another fruitful early relationship that helped László to cultivate the unique American New Wave style for which he and Vilmos are lauded. Kovács also worked on multiple films for directors Ivan Reitman, Richard Donner, and Graeme Clifford.

 

Barbara Streisand in Peter Bogdanovich’s 1972 “What’s Up Doc?”

Early in his career, László also routinely worked for the same B-movie directors–Al Adamson, Richard Rush, Peter Perry Jr.–more than once.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about the remarkable movie careers of Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond at http://laszloandvilmos.com

Zsigmond shoots “Kickstart Theft”

Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC recently shot “Kickstart Theft,” directed by Fred Goodich, ASC, a modern update of the Vittorio De Sica’s Neo-Realist classic “The Bicycle Thief” (1948) using the Sony F654K cinema camera.

Producer Band Pro Film & Digital also has a “Making Of” video online

Learn more about the remarkable movie careers of Vilmos Zsigmond and Laszlo Kovacs at http://laszloandvilmos.com

“The Client List” shoots season 2

This fall I am returning to shoot the second season of ”The Client List” for Lifetime, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt as Riley Parks, a deserted Texas housewife who leads a double life running a sexy spa, The Rub of Sugar Land, while meeting the challenges of a single mother who’s trying to raise her kids right.

See more at http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/the-client-list