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AFI to fete helmer Brest

Martin Brest, the Oscar-nominated director of “Scent of a Woman,” will receive the American Film Institute Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal at the organization’s Life Achievement Awards Thursday.

Annually presented to a directing alumnus of the AFI’s Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies or its Directing Workshop for Women, the award, voted on by jury, is presented to an individual whose work personifies a “commitment to quality filmmaking.”

Schaffner, an AFI trustee from 1975 until his death in 1989, had been closely involved with the Center from 1981.

Film credits for Schaffner include “Planet of the Apes,””Papillon,””The Boys from Brazil” and “Patton,” for which he received Oscar and DGA honors. His other work earned him Emmy and George Foster Peabody Awards.

Brest attended the Center in 1973, directing his first feature, “Hot Tomorrows,” in 1977. He subsequently was at the helm of “Going in Style, “”Beverly Hills Cop” and “Midnight Run.” He produced and directed “Scent of a Woman,” which was an Academy Award best picture nominee last year and was awarded the top prize at the Golden Globes.

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