ASC gives int’l nod to Francis

The American Society of Cinematographers will honor two-time Oscar winner Freddie Francis with its International Achievement Award, given annually to a foreign national who has made extraordinary and lasting contributions to the global art of cinematography.

The ASC will present Francis, a Brit, with the award March 8, during a ceremony at the Century Plaza Hotel.

Francis, winner of Academy Awards for his work on “Sons and Lovers” in 1960 and “Glory” in 1989, has shot such films as “Room at the Top,” “The Innocents,” “The Elephant Man” and “The French Lieutenant’s Woman.” He also directed some 30 films between 1962 and 1977, some of which have become cult favorites among fans of horror films.

Francis is the sixth recipient of the award, following Freddie Young, Jack Cardiff, Henri Alekan, Gabriel Figueroa and Raoul Coutard.

Francis earned his first cinematography credit in 1957, for “A Hill in Korea.”

For more information about the ASC awards, call Patty Armacost at 213-969-4333; the Web site is http://www.cinematographer.org.

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