AFI’s Schaffner kudos will go to Schrader

'Dominion' helmer will be feted at Lucas Tribute

HOLLYWOOD — Paul Schrader has been chosen to receive the American Film Institute’s 2005 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

Vet writer-helmer will be feted at AFI’s lifetime achievement tribute to George Lucas on Friday at the Kodak Theater.

Schrader’s 15th feature as a director, “Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist,” was released theatrically by Warner Bros. in May, nearly two years after being shelved by producer Morgan Creek. His other films include “American Gigolo,” “Affliction” and “Auto Focus.”

Schrader has also written several screenplays for Martin Scorsese, including “Taxi Driver,” “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “Bringing Out the Dead”; he co-scripted “Raging Bull.”

Named in honor of the filmmaker who won a directing Oscar in 1970 for “Patton,” the Schaffner medal is awarded to alumni of the AFI Conservatory or the Directing Workshop for Women. Past recipients include David Lynch, Edward Zwick, Amy Heckerling, Terrence Malick and Darren Aronofsky.

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