Cinematographers tap lenser Crudo

New prexy joined by veeps, treasurer, sergeant-at-arms

HOLLYWOOD — The American Society of Cinematographers has tapped Richard Crudo as president and named John Bailey, Laszlo Kovacs and Owen Roizman VPs.

Crudo’s credits include “American Buffalo,” “Music From Another Room,” “Outside Providence,” “American Pie,” “Down to Earth,” “Bongwater” and upcoming pic “The Grind.”

He gained notice when he spoke out against the decision to colorize the homevideo version of his first feature, “Federal Hill.”

“It’s a humbling and awesome responsibility to be chosen by my peers for this role,” said Crudo. “The ASC was founded for the purpose of advancing an infant art form. Our predecessors were advocates for progress, and frequently they served as guardians at the gate … protecting the integrity of the art form from crass commercial interests. We are determined to be true to that heritage.”

The ASC also named Curtis Clark as treasurer and John Hora as sergeant- at-arms. Other members of the ASC board of directors are Stephen Burum, Russell Carpenter, George Spiro Dibie, William Fraker, Victor J. Kemper, Woody Omens, Steven Poster, Haskell Wexler and Vilmos Zsigmond; alternate members are Robbie Greenberg, Francis Kenny, Stephen Lighthill, Donald M. Morgan and Dante Spinotti.

On Saturday Crudo led a tribute to the late Conrad Hall at the Palm Spring Film Festival, where the cinematographer received a posthumous lifetime achievement award.

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