Phil Joanou

Director, Editor, Camera operator
Fresh out of USC's film school, this assured director of features and TV captured the attention of Steven Spielberg with his student film, "Last Chance Dance". Joanou made his commercial directing debut with "Santa '85" ... Read more »
Born: 11/19/1961 in La Canada, California, USA

Filmography

Director (15)

The Veil 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Gridiron Gang 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Entropy 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

3rd Rock From the Sun 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Segment Director

U2: A Year in Pop 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Segment Director

Heaven's Prisoners 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Age Seven in America 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

Wild Palms 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

Final Analysis 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

State of Grace 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

U2 Rattle and Hum 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Three O'Clock High 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Chance Dance 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

14 Up in America (TV Show)

Director
Editor (2)

U2 Rattle and Hum 1988 (Movie)

(Editor)

U2 Rattle and Hum 1988 (Movie)

(Editor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

U2 Rattle and Hum 1988 (Movie)

(USA/Dublin) (Camera Operator)
Writer (1)

Entropy 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

Entropy 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Fresh out of USC's film school, this assured director of features and TV captured the attention of Steven Spielberg with his student film, "Last Chance Dance". Joanou made his commercial directing debut with "Santa '85" (NBC, 1985), an amusing episode of Spielberg's fantasy anthology series, "Amazing Stories", about St. Nick's unfortunate arrest for breaking and entering. Joanou was invited back to the series to direct John Lithgow's Emmy Award-winning performance in "The Doll" (NBC, 1986), a sentimental romantic fantasy. He segued to features with "Three O'Clock High" (1987), a likable teen comedy that was greatly abetted by Joanou's manic and inventive camera movements and staging. Shifting to the reality mode, Joanou crafted "U2 Rattle and Hum" (1988), a technically assured if uninspired record of the Irish rock group's 1987 "Joshua Tree" tour of the US.

Relationships

Phillip Joanou

Father

Michelle Joanou

Mother

Kate Hyman

Wife
married on March 19, 1992 at Graceland Chapel met on March 18, 1992 backstage at a U2 concert in East Rutherford, New Jersey married 22 hours later born c. 1957

Jennifer Joanou

Sister
married to screenwriter Scott Frank ("Plain Clothes", "Little Man Tate", "Dead Again") co-owns design and clothing shop with her brother

Uma Thurman Actor

Companion
Dated briefly in 1988

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
transferred to USC

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1984
made an acclaimed student film entitled "Last Chance Dance"

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
transferred to USC

Milestones

2006

Directed "Gridiron Gang" a drama inspired by a 1993 documentary that follows a probation officer (The Rock) who forms a football team of juvenile inmates

1999

Wrote and directed the autobiographical film "Entropy" which detailed his spur-of-the-moment marriage

1997

Directed the 3-D segments of the season-ending episode of the hit NBC sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun"

1996

Returned to features with "Heaven's Prisoners", a muddy thriller with Alec Baldwin as a New Orleans detective

1993

Helmed "Dead-End For Delia", a segment for the Showtime anthology series, "Fallen Angels"

1993

Directed the concluding segment of the cultish sci-fi miniseries "Wild Palms" (ABC)

1992

Helmed "Age Seven in America", a CBS documentary modeled on Michael Apted's acclaimed British series "Seven Up" wherein a group of subjects are interviewed and profiled every seven years

1990

Made "State of Grace", a portrait of Irish-American gangsters in NYC's Hell's Kitchen

1988

Directed, edited, and served as a camera operator for the documentary, "U2 Rattle and Hum", a concert film

1987

Feature directing debut, "Three O'Clock High", a teen comedy

1986

Directed John Lithgow in an Emmy Award-winning performance in "The Doll", an episode of "Amazing Stories"

1985

TV directing debut, "Santa '85", an episode of NBC's "Amazing Stories" executive produced by Spielberg

1984

"Discovered" by Steven Spielberg who was impressed by his student film "Last Chance Dance" (date approximate)

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