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Seeds of Change – Dance Film – 8K Panavision Millennium DXL Camera


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img_4485 img_4446 img_4168 img_4141SEEDS of CHANGE on vimeo CLICK HERE                          When I was approached by Panavision and Light Iron to test a prototype of their new 8K Millennium DXL camera I leaped at the opportunity to create something that was beyond a dry studio exercise. For cinematographers, David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” photographed by Freddie Young, BSC is a touchstone for its remarkable 65mm images. That story was made in and about an era that focused almost solely on men. In making a film today with a digital equivalent of that 65mm camera, I felt it should portray the strength, beauty and power of women. The music Seeds of Change by Naser Musa and Steve Wood inspired Melanie and our dancers when we filmed on the mountainside of Trust Ranch in Topanga. What we created is sacred, sensual and ecstatic all at once.

Words cannot express my deep thanks to everyone who contributed to the splendor of this project.

Director-Cinematographer – James Chressanthis, ASC, GSC
Choreographer – Melanie Kareem

Dancers – Laura Cutler, Vanessa Frazier, Melanie Kareem, Diana Mathur, Rachel Moore, Dawn Marie Yurkovic

Music composed by Naser Musa and Steve Wood                   Solo Oud – Naser Musa, Keyboards & Guitar – Steve Wood, Qanoon – James Grippo, Violin – George Hamad, Percussion – Petro Al Ammar, Faisal Zedaan, Mastering – Joe Gaswirt

Produced by James Chressanthis and Melanie Kareem

Chief Lighting Technician – Ricky Lewis
1st Assistant Camera – Greg Williams, Darin Miller                 2nd Assistant Camera – Laura Odermatt
Makeup & Hair – Penelope Irwin                                             Still Photography – Robin Becker, Michael Cioni
Production Manager – Jesse Liliedahl                                     Production Assistant – Gaea Adrian
8k Post Production by Light Iron-Hollywood                         Colorist – Jeremy Sawyer
Panavision Millennium DXL Camera & Primo 70mm Lenses
Special Thanks: Sue & Martin Schmitt, Trust Ranch,                 Dan Sasaki, Bob Harvey, Michael Cioni, Amit Dave

Filmed in Heaven – Topanga, California
© 2016 James Chressanthis and Melanie Kareem

Chressanthis@Alternative – Saturday, May 9, 2015


Cinematographer and artist, James Chressanthis, ASC, GSC will be mounting an installation of his large scale mixed media and photographic works.

Alternative Digital Cinema, 5805 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles – Tel: (310) 204-3388

Reception: Saturday May 9, 2015 from 3:00 to 8:00 pm.

This is a “Flash Exhibition” and will be open Sunday, May 10, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and May 11-15 by appointment only.

Using traditional photographic techniques, digital tools, painting and drawing Chressanthis combines images from around the world: Europe, Greece, Russia, Thailand and across North America. Subjects are as varied as shepherds living on a mountaintop beneath an ancient temple, a Muslim family in coastal Thailand, a rapper and his crew in Oaktown California, the people living at the end of the Trans Siberian railway, the estuaries of Eastern Quebec, Nomads in Mongolia who carry a satellite dish with them.

“I always look where the ancient and traditional intersect with the archetypal and modern.”

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image above: Bella Medea Pink  (2013) pigment ink print on Somerset cotton rag paper

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 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.

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

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

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“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.

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Notes from the field: “The Makeover” (2013)

We’re just about ready to wrap on “The Makeover,” a Hallmark Hall of Fame production that will air on ABC in January 2013. The star, Julia Stiles, and the production itself have been garnering quite a lot of attention from the press in Boston, who are proud to welcome Hollywood to work in their fair city.

A couple few slideshows of us at work have appeared on various blogs. Check out some behind-the-scenes production shots on Bostinno and Zimbio.