AFI to Honor Cinematograher Caleb Deschanel

The American Film Institute has selected Caleb Deschanel to receive its Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

Deschanel is a 1969 alumnus of the AFI Conservatory. He’s been nominated for best cinematographer Oscars for “The Right Stuff,” “The Natural,” “Fly Away Home,” “The Patriot” and “The Passion of the Christ.”

Other film credits include “The Black Stallion,” “Escape Artist,” “Jack Reacher” and “Winter’s Tale.” TV credits include “Law & Order: Trial by Jury,” “Bones” and “Twin Peaks.”

The presentation of the Schaffner Medal will take place as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Steve Martin on June 4. Past recipients of the medal include cinematographers Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kaminski, David Lynch and Wally Pfister.

Deschanel won the American Society of Cinematographers Award for “The Patriot” and was honored with the lifetime achievement award by the ASC in 2010. He was also in the first class of the AFI Conservatory, along with future Schaffner recipients Lynch and Terrence Malick.

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