The Board of Governors of the American Society of Cinematographers has elected Kees Van Oostrum to serve as president of the organization.
This is Van Oostrum’s first term, which will run for one year, beginning immediately.
The ASC Board also selected its slate of officers. They include: Bill Bennett, Dean Cundey and Lowell Peterson as vice presidents; Levi Isaacs as treasurer; Fred Goodich as secretary; and Roberto Schaefer as sergeant-at-arms.
“It is our task as an organization to educate the industry on the value of the cinematographer as authors of the images, to be involved in advancing imaging technology, and most importantly, to promote our artistry,” said Van Oostrum. “I’m honored to be selected along with these officers to lead my peers and colleagues into new visual frontiers, and continue the educational mission of the organization.”
The 2016-2017 ASC Board members who voted for the new officers are: John Bailey, Curtis Clark, Richard Crudo, Fred Elmes, Michael Goi, Victor J. Kemper, Stephen Lighthill, Daryn Okada, Woody Omens, Robert Primes, Cynthia Pusheck, Owen Roizman and John Simmons. Alternate Board Members include: Mandy Walker, Karl-Walter Lindenlaub, and Oliver Bokelberg.
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Van Oostrum previously served as vice president and has fulfilled other roles over the years on the ASC Board. He is also the chairman and originator of the ASC Masterclasses, which take place five times.
“The Masterclasses have been very successful and we hope to expand them to an international level,” says Van Oostrum. “With partner associations worldwide and the support of our community of associate members, there is great promise in the immediate future to develop these and new programs that will help promote the importance of authorship in the creation of artful content.”
Van Oostrum has earned two Primetime Emmy® nominations for his work on the telefilms “Miss Rose White” and “Return to Lonesome Dove.” A native of Amsterdam, he studied at the Dutch Film Academy and broke into the industry shooting television documentaries. Overall he has compiled some 80-plus credits.