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Cinematographer Maximo Munzi Dies at 57

Cinematographer Maximo Felipe Munzi, whose career spanned 30 years and included 104 films, died of pancreatic cancer December 16 in Los Angeles. He was 57.

Munzi worked in both film and television, and his efforts included “Looking for Mr. Right,” “A Lesson in Romance,” “Ring of Death,” “The Storm,” “Love’s Enduring Promise” and “The Christmas Card.”

His TV work appeared on NBC, Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, USA and Spike, among other networks.

Most recently, Munzi was employed at Larry Levinson Productions.

Born in Buenos Aires, Maximo also spent time in Rome during his youth. Munzi moved to Los Angeles in his early 20s to pursue his passion for filmmaking. He completed his education at Columbia College in Los Angeles and worked at the American Film Institute, where he honed his skills as a cinematographer.

Later he became an encouraging mentor to many young filmmakers.

Munzi is survived by his wife, Krisann Pappajohn; his children, Chiara, Lorenzo, and Cosima; his twin sister; and his younger brother.

A memorial service is planned for December 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church at 5700 Rudnick Ave. in Woodland Hills. Donations may be made in Munzi’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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