On June 8, 2017, the American Film Institute will present Frederick Elmes, ASC with their 27th annual Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.
This honor recognizes the extraordinary creative talents of an AFI alumnus or alumna who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television.
From among a community of nearly 5,000 AFI graduates, previous recipients of this award include Darren Aronofsky, Lesli Linka Glatter, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kaminski, David Lynch, Terrence Malick and Wally Pfister, ASC.
The presentation to Elmes (AFI Class of 1972) will take place during the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton in Los Angeles.
Over the past five decades, Elmes has brought to the screen films directed by John Cassavetes, David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch, Ang Lee and Diane Keaton, with whom he collaborated on her directorial debut, Heaven. He has received a Primetime Emmy nomination, two Film Independent Spirit Awards and a New York Film Critics Circle Award, among other accolades.
After graduating from the AFI, the cinematographer found work as a camera assistant and operator, working on independent films including A Woman Under the Influence and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.
Elmes’ diverse and influential feature film credits include Eraserhead, Valley Girl, River’s Edge, Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart, Night on Earth, The Saint of Fort Washington, Ride with the Devil, The Ice Storm, Hulk, Coffee and Cigarettes, Broken Flowers, Synecdoche, New York, Horns and Paterson. His television work includes In the Gloaming, Olive Kitteridge and The Night Of.
Recently, Elmes has taken part as an instructor with the ASC International Master Class program, teaching advanced cinematography students in Toronto and Beijing.
He has been a member of the ASC since 1993.
Elmes’ recent feature Paterson, directed by longtime friend and collaborator Jim Jarmusch was the subject of discussion for a feature interview in American Cinematographer.