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AFI to fete alum Leder

Filmmaker in good company

Director Mimi Leder (“Deep Impact”) will receive the 1999 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal from the American Film Institute.

Leder, a graduate of the AFI class of 1973, will accept her award at Thursday’s AFI lifetime achievement award tribute to Dustin Hoffman.

Leder is the ninth recipient of the medal, which is presented annually to a graduate of AFI’s Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies. Other recipients include David Lynch, Ed Zwick, Jon Avnet and Amy Heckerling.

“Mimi Leder is one of the most exciting new directors working today,” AFI director and CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg said in a statement. “She is a trailblazer whose two decades of work on television and in film has helped pave the way for countless women filmmakers.”

Leder directed her first two feature films, “Deep Impact” and “The Peacemaker,” after a distinguished Emmy Award-winning career directing and co-exec producing “ER,” and directing episodes of “China Beach” and “L.A. Law.”

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