Continuing their mission to advance the art of cinematography by inspiring and educating the next generation of filmmakers, the American Society of Cinematographers has announced the nominees for the 2016 ASC Haskell Wexler Student Documentary Award and the Vilmos Zsigmond Student Heritage Award for Undergraduates and Graduates.
A panel of prestigious ASC members judged the entries, and selected 18 students from a talented pool of filmmakers with exceptional abilities in cinematography.
The students represent 12 different U.S. film schools; winners will be announced October 15.
The finalists are:
Rachel Bardin of the University of Texas at Austin, RTF for Nocturne
Mina Fitzpatrick of Northwestern University for Run of Press
Colin F. Shepherd of Rochester Institute of Technology for Into the Microscope
Logan Fulton of Loyola Marymount University for Clementine
Tyler Harmon-Townsend of UNCSA School of Filmmaking for The Roma Project
Marz Miller of Art Center College of Design for Opaque
Ian Quill of Chapman University for The Witching Hour
Isaiah Rendon of University of Texas at Austin, RTF for Barrow
Emmett Sutherland of Art Center College of Design for Closer
Derek Tonks of University of Southern California for Simon Parker
Jeremy Donaldson of Florida State University for Isa and the Frog Prince
Simu Feng of American Film Institute Conservatory for Breathe
Wesley Hunt of American University School of Communication/Film for Moonshot
Andrew Jeric of USC School of Cinematic Arts for Prisoner
Kai Krause of American Film Institute Conservatory for Unremarkable
Matthew J. Petrunak of Kent State University for Paper Harvest
Nicholas Ramsey of Chapman University for Angeltown
Jessica Ynez Simmons of Northwestern University for Emerald Ice
The ASC Student Heritage Awards are renamed annually in memory of an extraordinary ASC member. This year, the awards are dedicated to Wexler and Zsigmond—both cinematic legends and beloved ASC members.
Wexler, who began his career shooting documentaries and remained a passionate documentarian, earned an Academy Award®in 1966 for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and a second Oscar in 1976 for Bound for Glory. He also received nominations for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (shared with Bill Butler, ASC), Matewan and Blaze. In 1969, Wexler wrote, directed and shot Medium Cool, which is studied by film students worldwide for its cinéma vérité style. In 1992, he was honored with the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Haskell was a revered, successful commercial moviemaker whose passion for nonfiction storytelling never wavered,” said ASC president Kees van Oostrum. “It is fitting that this award be given in honor of Haskell who always effused enthusiasm for the documentary community, and was a mentor to many.”
Zsigmond was one of the Society’s most distinguished members. In 1978, he earned an Academy Award for Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He received additional nominations for The Deer Hunter (1979), The River (1985) and The Black Dahlia (2007). He won an Emmy in 1993 for shooting the HBO movie Stalin. Zsigmond served on the ASC Board of Governors for many years. In 1999, he was honored with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Film students have been studying Vilmos’ brilliant images for years, and will continue to do so long into the future,” said van Oostrum. “He was always so generous with his time, consistently sharing his experiences with emerging filmmakers and students from around the world. He made a great impact on the art form, both through his own work and the work of those he nurtured.”