James Fotopoulos

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James Fotopoulos (born 1976, Norridge, Illinois) is an independent filmmaker whose work is low-budget and rigorous, and consists of experimental narrative features, non-narrative shorts, and video installations.[1] He began creating his film projects as a teenager in 1993, and as of 2012, has made over 100 films and videos.[2][3]

Partial filmography[edit]


Fotopoulos' work was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial[4] and he has collaborated with media artist Cory Arcangel.

The Film Journal praises Fotopoulos, writing he is "one of cinema's most unique voices, a filmmaker of uncompromising vision."[2]

Of Fotopoulos' film Migrating Forms, Amy Taubin of The Village Voice wrote that while it was not a pleasurable experience, the film stayed with her most vividly as a "kind of stripped-down Eraserhead", which offered "a formal purity and obsessive power that's all too rare these days".[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]


James Fotopoulos was raised in Norridge, Illinois. His father was a policeman and his mother a hairdresser. He displayed artistic aptitude as a child and devoted his attention to filmmaking at age 15. His 1997 film Zero, shot when he was 18 years old during his first year as a film student at Columbia College Chicago, was his first feature.[7] In 1998 James founded his production company Fantasma Inc.[8]

  1. ^ Frye, Brian. "James Fotopoulos: An Interview". Other Cinema. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Curnutte, Rick. "Unquiet Cinema - An Interview with James Fotopoulos". Film Journal, Issue 4. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  3. ^ Filmmaker Magazine, Summer 2012, Donal Foreman (April 29, 2013). "James Fotopoulos in Filmmaker Magazine Now Online" (reprint in Fantasma). Retrieved June 6, 2013.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Whitney website Archived 2006-05-03 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Taubin, Amy (March 7, 2000). "Getting Over; Going Underground". The Village Voice. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  6. ^ Everleth, Mike (May 4, 2012). "James Fotopoulos' Migrating Forms". Underground Film Journal. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  7. ^ Halter, Ed (November 21, 2000). "Horror, Violence, Sociopathic Loners: The Films of James Fotopoulos Play Downtown". New York Press. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  8. ^ "James Fotopoulos – Film". jamesfotopoulos.com. Retrieved 2018-08-04.

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