Michael Goi Named ASC President

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Sun, 06/28/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Michael Goi has been named president of the American Society of Cinematographers. 
The members of ASC are committed to the ideals of the great cinematographers who created images for the classic movies we love Goi says. I remember being enormously touched when I saw The Graduate when I was eight years old. I didn't recognize it then but years later I appreciated how the artful use of light shadows and composition by Robert Surtees served the story. When I became a member of ASC I was surprised by how open and friendly everyone was. My heroes became my friends who openly shared their knowledge and feelings about filmmaking. There is an unbreakable camaraderie which I treasure. The other officers are vice presidents Richard Crudo Owen Roizman and Victor J. Kemper treasurer Matthew Leonetti secretary Rodney Taylor and sergeant at arms John C. Flinn III. The other board members are Curtis Clark George Spiro Dibie Richard Edlund John Hora Stephen Lighthill Isidore Mankofsky Daryn Okada Nancy Schreiber Haskell Wexler and Vilmos Zsigmond.

Goi says that the current generation of ASC members remains dedicated to the vision of the founders who were devoted to advancing the art and craft of filmmaking.
  We are partnering with the Producers Guild of America on a groundbreaking assessment of film and digital cameras that are currently used during the production of theatrical motion pictures he says. We are also collaborating with other organizations including a previsualization subcommittee with the Art Directors Guild and Visual Effects Society designed to help drive the industry toward a higher quality bar for the art and craft of moving images.
 Goi is a Chicago native who grew up making little 8mm movies with the help of neighborhood kids. He upgraded to using a 16mm Bolex camera by working odd jobs. After graduating from high school Goi studied filmmaking at Columbia College in Chicago. He began shooting PBS documentaries while he was still in college.
After graduation in 1980 Goi shot local commercials and documentaries and opened a still photography studio where he concentrated on fashion and product photography. Goi earned his first narrative film credit for Moonstalker in 1987. He received ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards nominations for the telefilms The Fixer (1999) and Judas (2005). Last year Goi also garnered an Emmy nomination for an episode of My Name is Earl.
His other credits include Witless Protection Fingerprints Red Water What Matters Most Who Killed Atlanta's Children? Christmas Rush Funky Monkey Welcome to Death Row The Dukes the Emmy Award-winning documentary Fired-Up: The Story of Public Housing in Chicago and the TV series The Wedding Bells and My Name is Earl. He also recently wrote produced and directed the narrative film Megan is Missing. Goi is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Academy of Television Arts And Sciences.
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