SOURCE: James Chressanthis

July 10, 2006 10:07 ET

ESPN2's "FOUR MINUTES" Sports Emmy Nomination Leg for Cinematographer James Chressanthis, ASC

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 10, 2006 --Every year, the annual hope for The Emmys is for the show not to run four hours. But for Cinematographer, James Chressanthis, ASC, the hope is to be sprinting toward a "FOUR MINUTES" Emmy win for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie. This is the second Outstanding Cinematography Emmy nomination for Chressanthis. His first was for the 2001 biography "Life With Judy Garland: Me And My Shadows." Currently, Chressanthis is Director of Photography and one of the directors of the CBS primetime hit series "Ghost Whisperer" starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.

For Chressanthis, "FOUR MINUTES" became a true labor of love. "As I looked through the lens I was able to relive some of my most cherished experiences as a long distance runner," states Chressanthis. "It was so important for me to get it right: to represent just how difficult, grueling and painful running at this level is, to convey the joy and exhilaration in the achievement of pure performance. I wanted to honor and surpass 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner,' 'Prefontaine,' 'Without Limits' and 'Chariots of Fire,'" he explains.

"FOUR MINUTES" -- an ESPN Original Entertainment (EOE) production -- was the first-ever original movie to premiere on ESPN2. This 'little film that could' in this year's Emmy race is also nominated for a 2006 ESPY Award as Best Sports Movie ( The film is about Roger Bannister, who ran the first sub-four-minute mile in history, with a time of 3:59.4 on May 6, 1954. Bannister, the 25-year-old native of Harrow, England, became a neurologist and the first Chairman of the British Sports Council and was knighted for these services in 1975.

James Chressanthis, ASC, is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the Directors Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the International Cinematographers Guild. His impressive credits boast a diverse array of projects: "3: The Dale Earnhardt Story," "The Reagans," "Eloise At The Plaza" and "Eloise At Christmastime" (with Julie Andrews), "The Music Man," "Chicago" (Additional Photography), "Brian's Song," "American Family" (Pilot) and "Urban Legend," to working on music videos with Dr. Dre, Weird Al Yankovic, James Brown, Bobby McFerrin, MC Hammer and NWA.

The Creative Arts Awards are Saturday, August 19th and The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, August 27th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and broadcast on NBC.

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