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AFI to fete helmer Field

'95 grad to receive Schaffner alum kudo at Hanks tribute

“In the Bedroom” director and AFI Conservatory alum Todd Field will receive the org’s 12th annual Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

The award was established in 1991 by Schaffner’s widow, Jean, and recognizes the extraordinary talents of a graduate of either the Conservatory or the Directing Workshop for Women who symbolizes director Schaffner’s legacy. Field, a 1995 grad, will receive the Medal at Wednesday’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award tribute to Tom Hanks at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

Field enrolled at AFI as a Directing Fellow in 1992 after being encouraged by fellow filmmakers and AFI alums Victor Nunez and Carl Franklin. He previously received the Schaffner Fellow Award for his thesis film, “Nonnie & Alex,” and received critical kudos — as well as a handful of Oscar and Golden Globe noms — for last year’s “In the Bedroom.” Aside from winning three Independent Spirit Awards (first feature, male and female leads), “Bedroom” earned Sissy Spacek both a Golden Globe and AFI Award for best actress.