Kovacs turns camera to UCLA residence

'Easy Rider' lenser is fifth to be selected for program

HOLLYWOOD — Laszlo Kovacs has been named Kodak cinematographer-in-residence at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Kovacs is the fifth cinematographer to be selected for the UCLA program, following Dean Cundey, Allen Daviau, Conrad Hall and Owen Roizman.

Kovacs’ credits include “Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces,” “Shampoo,” and “Ghostbusters.” He’s received Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Hawaii Film Festival, the Camerimage Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, the Hollywood Film Festival and the American Society of Cinematographers.

His residency will kick off with an April 19 screening of “New York, New York” at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA.

Kovacs was born and raised 60 miles from Budapest. During the 1956 uprising, he and fellow student Vilmos Zsigmond documented the conflict with a borrowed camera, then fled the country and migrated to the United States as political refugees.

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