AnthroPhos (ΑνθρωΦώs) is a Hellenic cultural production company based in New York, and is the production-branch of the Hellenic American Project (HAP). (“AnthroPhos” is derived from the combination of two Greek words, Anthropos (man/human) and Phos (light), which translates to, “Mankind’s Light” or “The Light created by/within Man.”)
Ancient Greece is considered the “Cradle of Western Civilization,” the place where the modern West derived many of its founding archetypes and ideas in politics, philosophy, science, and art. The mission of AnthroPhos is to preserve and promote Hellenism through the presentation of artistic and cultural works, with the intention to captivate and cultivate audiences around the world. Through the creation of feature films, TV shows, documentaries and docuseries, theatrical performances and art exhibitions, AnthroPhos will produce projects of exceptional quality and international appeal by Hellenic, Hellenic-American or philhellene creators, focused on Hellenic and Hellenic-American related topics and stories, and feature personalities of Hellenic descent who have left their mark in History or global culture (“Global Greeks”).
Additionally, the future intentions of AnthroPhos also include the inception of an annual multifaceted Hellenic Cultural Festival (for film, dance, theatre, song, visual arts, etc.); a year-long “Open Call” project fund in support of Hellenic, Hellenic-American or philhellene creators; and, ultimately, the founding of “AnthroPhos: Hellenic Cultural Centre”, based in NYC, a multi-venue facility (including a theatrical stage for film screenings and performing arts, with conference and exhibition spaces), to host the Cultural Festival, and showcase multiple Hellenic-related artistic and cultural projects. AnthroPhos will provide employment opportunities for Hellenes, Hellenic-Americans and philhellenes.
Co-Founder and CEO of AnthroPhos is Zafeiris Haitidis, a British-Greek director, filmmaker, writer and producer with 28+ years in the Media & Entertainment industry, and with experience in film, documentary, TV and theatre. He holds a B.Sc. in “Broadcasting and Film” from Boston University, and came to the U.S. as an O-1 Visa beneficiary for “Extraordinary Ability / Achievement” as a director, verified by Directors Guild of America, and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. His body of work as a director includes: innovative (multimedia) theatre performances; fashion, dance and music videos; TV cultural shows and educational programs; web-series and documentaries; as well as, award-winning short films. As director-cinematographer, his collaborations include media companies such as Netflix, National Geographic Studios, BBC, Arte, National Film Board of Canada and VICE Greece. His interactive web-documentary, “Greek Chronicle Project: Footage Archive”, chronicles the fiery Greek socioeconomic crisis and the Refugee crisis. Currently, Mr. Haitidis is the director and cinematographer of the Hellenic American Project’s documentary series, still in production, based on HAP’s ongoing documentation of the Hellenic American presence in the United States. Mr. Haitidis is, also, in development of his debut feature film, a WWII-inspired survival adventure / psychological thriller.
AnthroPhos Projects in Development
50 years since the invasion of Cyprus – Documentary
Documentary in commemoration of the 50 years since the Turkish invasion, the illegal occupation, and the partition of Cyprus. (Including Benjamin S. Rosenthal Archive papers.)
“LIBRƎ” by Zafeiris Haitidis – Feature film (survival adventure / psychological thriller)
Near the end of WWII, a Jew and a Nazi must overcome themselves and the differences between them, in order to survive the forces of nature and their embattled human nature.
Voice Of America Greek Service – Documentary
Voice Of America, the largest and oldest U.S.-funded international broadcaster in the U.S., and the impressive 72-year history of the VOA Greek Service.
“Anything Goes, Temples to Food”, co-produced with Prometheus Project Foundation – Documentary
The birth of the Diner and the role of the Hellenic American immigrants in its evolution into one of the staples of American culture.
“Elli Rizou: Daughter of the enemy” – Documentary
The turbulent life story of singer Elli Rizou, and the prosecution by the Albanian government of her heroic father and her family from Northern Epirus.
“Greeks in Hollywood in the Silent Movie era” by Fondas Ladis (based on his book, co-published by HAP) – Documentary
The unknown details of the life and work of dozens of Greek expatriates in the 1910s and 1920s, a very turbulent era in the American movie industry.
Hellenic American Project (based on HAP Archive), by Nicholas Alexiou – Documentary series
Multiple stories, weaved into one narrative, of the Hellenic American presence in the United States from the first wave of mass immigration in 1900, to the present.
Biography of John “Blackjack” Jerome, by Fondas Ladis (based on his book) – Limited TV series
On the dark side of the Hellenic-American immigrant experience, the infamous exploits of mobster Yiannis Petrolekas, aka John “Blackjack” Jerome, rattled 1920’s San Francisco.
Biography of Dr. Papanicolaou (a.k.a. Dr. Pap), by Katerina Papadaki (based on her stage play) and Zafeiris Haitidis – Limited TV series
The adventurous life of the Greek physician, inventor of the “Pap smear”, unfolds in episodic form, from Greece, to global recognition for his scientific successes.
Biography of composer Mikis Theodorakis, by Asteris Kutulas – Documentary series and Footage Archive
In commemoration of the 100 years since Mikis Theodarakis’ birthday, and based on 600+ hours of never-before-seen footage filmed by Theodorakis’ producer and manager Asteris Kutulas.
“Mr. and Mrs. Papanicolaou” by Katerina Papadaki – Theatre performance
Ten years after Dr. Pap’s death, his wife Andromachi gives a TV interview narrating, through her POV, their joint life journey inside and outside of their laboratory.
“Maria Callas – Alone” by Katerina Papadaki – Theatre performance
Maria and – her alter ego – iconic soprano Callas, portrayed by two separate performers, share the stage in song and retrospection of Maria Callas’ most notable songs and life-moments.
“Electra 21” by Asteris Kutulas – Liquid Staging Installation
Four films, played simultaneously on four different screens around the audience, show dance scenes, rehearsals, and fantasies based on Mikis Theodorakis’ Electra opera.
“The 13th Basement” by Vangelis Bekas – Feature film (science fiction neo-noir)
In the foreseeable future, two lovers fight against all odds to escape from and expose the unimaginable global conspiracy perpetrated on all peoples by a multinational corporation.
“ICARUS: Immortal” by Zafeiris Haitidis – Feature film (epic fantasy adventure)
In this epic “neo-mythology”, the known myth of Icarus is retold through the amazing after-life adventure that followed in the aftermath of his tragic death and magical rebirth.
Executive Producers: Zafeiris Haitidis and Nicholas Alexiou