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By Film Threat Staff | September 20, 2004

The Lake Arrowhead Celebration of Film Festival will host a seminar on September 25 commemorating the 85th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) at the Blue Jay Cinema. The festival’s main theme is a tribute to the Kirk Douglas family.

“The ASC was founded in 1919 for the purpose of advancing a new art form,” says festival director Lauren Stone. “They are the authors of the images and the best kept secret in the motion picture industry because their artistry is usually designed to be transparent to the audience. Our seminar will feature conversations with renowned cinematographers with amazing bodies of work.”

The American Society of Cinematographers at 85 – Looking Forward to the Future of the Evolving Art of Cinematography: A discussion with cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs, ASC, Bill Fraker, ASC, Nancy Schreiber, ASC, Michael Goi, ASC and Bill Bennett, ASC (3 – 5 p.m. Saturday, September 25, at the Blue Jay Cinema) – This discussion will focus on the past, present and future of the art of cinematography. Kovacs came to the United States in 1956 as a political refugee with a dream of becoming a Hollywood cinematographer. He subsequently photographed more than 60 films, including Easy Rider, Shampoo, Paper Moon, Ghostbusters, Mask and My Best Friend’s Wedding. Kovacs received the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. Fraker received the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. He earned Oscar nominations for Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Heaven Can Wait, 1941, War Games and Murphy’s Romance. Schreiber and Goi are rising stars in the galaxy of cinematographers. Schreiber’s credits include Chain of Desire, Your Friends and Neighbors and Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. Goi’s credits include The Fixer, Christmas Rush, The Bike Squad, Hundred Percent, Evil Obsession, Welcome to Death Row, Red Water, Who Killed Atlanta’s Children?, and the Emmy® Award-winning documentary Fired-Up: The Story of Public Housing in Chicago. Bennett shot his first television commercial about 15 years ago. He has compiled some 1,200 TV commercial credits, creating countless memorable images and winning numerous awards. Bennett will provide insights into how 30-second storytelling has affected the art of cinematography.

For more info, visit the Lake Arrowhead Film Festival website.

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