Director Efthimis Hatzis - Interview ORTHODOX ARTS FESTIVAL 2022
He is a Greek-American filmmaker, raised in the Bronx, New York.
His desire for independent filmmaking began at the University of Pennsylvania where an interest in astrophysics led him to a screening of Andre Tarkovski's film STALKER. Deeply inspired by the viceral experience of this film, he decided to pursue Visual Communications and earned a Bachelors of Arts degree.
His continued commitment earned him a Masters of Fine Arts in film direction from N.Y.U.'s Tisch School of the Arts, where his work received a Golden Eagle Award, Mobil Foundation Award, along with a Paramount Pictures Grant.
His first feature film SHORES OF TWILIGHT was funded by the Greek Film Center. It's arthouse appeal encouraged him to continue filmmaking in Greece, where he works and live today. He has been working in film, television series and teaching directing at film schools ever since.
"...I can honestly say, my time in Athens, with its daily dose of ancient and byzantine culture uniquely melting into a modern world, has deeply influenced my creative process. A craving desire for what is unspoken and often unseen, continues to inspire my heart to respond in ways that reveal surprises."