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Cinematographer James Chressanthis, ASC, presents 'Deep In the Desert,' curated by ASU's Patricia Clark

March 23, 2007

Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences will host “Deep in the Desert,” an exhibit featuring the film, video, and digital works of Hollywood director and cinematographer James Chressanthis, ASC. Chressanthis’s work as a photographer and director has spanned the worlds of feature films, television movies, music videos and documentaries.

The imagery displayed in Chressanthis’s Deep in the Desert represents his journey, search, and trek through life. The exhibit features an eclectic mix of film and video loops of fragments from his personal films and the feature film and television motion pictures he either photographed or directed. Chressanthis’s work will be displayed from April 3 through April 25, in the IAP Art Gallery, at ASU’s West campus, University Center Building, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix.

“We are thrilled to welcome James to our campus,” said Robert Taylor, chair of the department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. “He is a truly gifted interdisciplinary artist and sets the right example for our students while providing accessible, high quality work for our community to experience and enjoy.”

As part of his visit to ASU, Chressanthis will attend several Interdisciplinary Art and Performance classes to discuss his work as a cinematographer, director and artist. He will discuss his journey as an interdisciplinary artist, transitioning from the world of two-dimensional art, into the independent film world, then to the major motion picture and television industry. Chressanthis will also direct students as they rehearse a scene from the hit CBS primetime series Ghost Whisperer.

In 2006, Chressanthis received a primetime Emmy nomination for outstanding cinematography for his work on Four Minutes, the story of runner Roger Bannister’s quest to break the four minute mile. Currently, he is Director of Photography and one of the directors for the CBS show “Ghost Whisperer.” Chressanthis is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers. ASC membership is possible by invitation, extended only to directors or photographers with distinguished credits in the industry. There are less than 300 active ASC members nationwide.

The “Daily Variety,” an entertainment industry magazine, selected Chressanthis as one of 20 rising stars to watch in the film industry. Since then has been recognized for his diverse photography on such productions as The Reagans, the Oscar winning film Chicago, and The Dale Earnhardt Story.

The Deep in The Desert exhibit is part of the 2006-2007 arts and performance season, produced by the department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance. The IAP Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday. Visitor parking is $1 per hour. Parking in the visitor lot on weekends is free. For additional information visit, or call (602) 543-ARTS (2787).

For additional information about James Chressanthis, ASC, or to view his cinematography, credits and digital artwork visit