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World-renowned cinematographer focuses on Loyola

Loyola press release - April 21, 2008

Renowned Hollywood cinematic artist and director of photography, Anastas Michos, will share his vision and his work with film students at Loyola University New Orleans next week.

On Wednesday, April 23, at 3 p.m., Michos will show excerpts from his films and discuss cinematography and the cinematographer's relationship with actors during a presentation in Monroe Hall’s Nunemaker Auditorium located on Loyola’s main campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Michos, who is in New Orleans working on his current project, “Cadillac Records,” took Loyola film students on a field trip this week to see one of the movie sets which was at Angola Prison. The film is based on the life of legendary bluesman Muddy Waters and stars Adrien Brody and Beyoncé Knowles.

Michos’ other film credits are extensive, and his filmography includes such movies as “Shine a Light” directed by Martin Scorcese featuring Mick Jagger; “Untraceable” with Diane Lane directed by Gregory Hoblit; “Freedomland” with Samuel L. Jackson directed by Joe Roth; “The Doors” with Val Kilmer and “Born on the Fourth of July” with Tom Cruise, both directed by Oliver Stone. He has also worked professionally in New Orleans many times, most notably for the filming of “Interview with the Vampire” starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. A complete listing of Michos’ filmography can be found here.

Danny DeVito worked with Michos on the film “Death to Smoochy,” and has praised his "profound sense of understanding" in translating a director’s vision to the screen. In addition to his extensive film contributions, Michos has also helped change the way movies are made through the use of Steadicam and Sky cam, two camera inventions on which he collaborated.

For more information about the filmmaking presentation or about Michos, please contact Jim Gabour, professor of video technology at Loyola, at jimgabour@cox.net or (504) 947.3594.