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AFI will honor helmer Dahl

Influential grad to be feted

The American Film Institute will fete helmer John Dahl with the 2003 Franklin J. Schaffner award Thursday, during AFI’s tribute to Robert De Niro.

Nod honors influential graduates of the AFI Conservatory or of the Directing Workshop for Women.

Previous Award winners include Darren Aronofsky, Todd Field, Amy Heckerling, David Lynch and Edward Zwick.

Dahl, an alum of the class of 1982, has directed pics including “Red Rock West,” “The Last Seduction,” “Rounders,” “Joy Ride” and upcoming Miramax WWII pic “The Great Raid.”

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