Phedon Papamichael ASC GSC/ The Trial of the Chicago 7

Mark London Williams

June 23, 2021

Phedon Papamichael, ASC GSC, has been making good use of the 1960s lately, gaining BAFTA and ASC nominations for his work on Ford v Ferrari, and now, a year after that film’s release, finding himself at the tail end of that storied decade with Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, from writer/director Aaron Sorkin.
In fact, Papamichael almost had a trifecta for the era, with a third historically-based project, but that has been delayed – as have so many other things – by the current pandemic. Meanwhile, this compressed retelling, replete with Sorkin’s trademark fast-flung dialogue, rich with quips, ripostes, and the occasional self-reflection, chronicles the celebrated trial that grew out of the unrest at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago.

Phedon Papamichael, ASC GSC, has been making good use of the 1960s lately, gaining BAFTA and ASC nominations for his work on Ford v Ferrari, and now, a year after that film’s release, finding himself at the tail end of that storied decade with Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, from writer/director Aaron Sorkin.
In fact, Papamichael almost had a trifecta for the era, with a third historically-based project, but that has been delayed – as have so many other things – by the current pandemic. Meanwhile, this compressed retelling, replete with Sorkin’s trademark fast-flung dialogue, rich with quips, ripostes, and the occasional self-reflection, chronicles the celebrated trial that grew out of the unrest at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago.