Founded in 1998, Fantasma is a production company co-owned by brothers James Fotopoulos and Peter Fotopoulos and currently operates out of New York and Chicago.

James Fotopoulos

The prolific and critically acclaimed films of James Fotopoulos has been screened and exhibited at many sites across the world, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, MoMA PS1, Sundance Film Festival, Walker Art Center, Whitney Biennial, New York Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Art and Design, London Film Festival, Festival del Film Locarno, Anthology Film Archives, Andy Warhol Museum and Museum of the Moving Image among many others. In 1998, Fotopoulos founded Fantasma for the production of his second feature film Migrating Forms (1999). For more information:

Peter Fotopoulos

As CEO and co-owner, the mission of Peter Fotopoulos is to establish Fantasma as one of the most prominent, quality-driven film & media production companies. Fotopoulos oversees development and securement of finances for Fantasma and the company’s other co-productions. “We are a result-driven organization that develops a superior marketable product and consistently establishes a reputation of excellence.”

Fotopoulos is a working producer, business executive, and strategy professional with 10 years of expertise in real estate, commercialization, consulting, and structure financing in the business and entertainment industries.

Fotopoulos is also attached to the regional music scene through a number of Chicago music studios. He has worked alongside several of the forefathers of the legendary Chicago House Music movement and over the years his production experience has touched many musical genres, specializing in Hip-Hop, R&B and Pop.

The Given

2015 – 75min
Screenwriter & Director: James Fotopoulos
Cast: Sophie Traub, Samantha Tunis, Paweł Wojtasik, Bradley Eros
Music: Nanette Scriba
Producers: Lauren Chapman, Peter Fotopoulos, James Fotopoulos


An actress living in New York performs an audition, then goes to meditation and winds up at a party of artists viewing a film. At home, she and her girlfriend explore buried memories and later nightmares trigger sleepwalking. Finally, the actress enacts a childlike performance inspired by a Frank Wedekind play.


2014 – 103 min
Screenwriter & Director: James Fotopoulos
Cast: Xander O’Connor, Brenda Bakke, Sarah Brooks, Joe Swanberg, David Zellner, Robert Breuler
Music: Nate Archer, Dorit Chrysler, Chris Corsano
Producers: Lauren Chapman, Peter Fotopoulos, James Fotopoulos


Lamb is a troubled veteran and his girlfriend, M, is tormented as well. One night at a nightclub a one-armed vet named Thrill tells him an odd story of the effects of his post-traumatic stress, which bothers Lamb. Walking though a forest, Lamb discovers a humanoid carcass and hides it in his basement. After he begins an affair with an older woman dentist his girlfriend is attacked inside their apartment by mysterious beings. Later the dentist returns in a panic, believing she was brought to an underground compound inhabited by these creatures. She tells him they lie in wait to attack. Taking action, Lamb and M build a truck bomb to destroy the compound. As they drive it to the nuclear plant Thrill’s unsettling story seems to unfold.

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