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Filmmakers’ Forum

Haskell Wexler, ASC assembled a documentary team to help him chronicle the International Cinematography Summit Conference hosted by the ASC last May. Photos by Matt Turve, Alex Lopez and Isidore Mankofsky, ASC.

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Documenting the International Cinematography Summit Conference By Haskell Wexler, ASC

The ASC hosted a four-day conference in Los Angeles last May for prominent cinematographers representing other national societies from around the world. There were more than 60 attendees, including 19 ASC members and 42 cinematographers from 24 societies. A number of filmmakers even made the trip from smaller countries such as Estonia, Finland, Serbia and Korea. This ambitious undertaking was suggested by ASC President Michael Goi and the ASC International Committee, and then chaired by my friend Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC. (The Committee’s current chairman, ASC member Fred Goodich, has continued its goodwill efforts.) The summit proved to be a fantastic experience thanks in large part to the ASC’s staff, which did an incredible job organizing the program. Several individuals deserve mention for their tireless
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efforts: events coordinator Patty Armacost, president’s assistant Delphine Figueras, circulation manager Alex Lopez, and American Cinematographer publisher Martha Winterhalter. Realizing the importance of this unique occasion, I offered to record it for posterity. I initially envisioned myself hovering around the ASC Clubhouse with my Sony high-def video camera, basking in the camaraderie while compiling a little highlight reel we could all enjoy later. I quickly abandoned that lazy, naïve notion on the first day of the conference while capturing my very first image: a shot of Vilmos standing on the Clubhouse steps and announcing the official start of the summit. He made me rethink my entire game plan by emphasizing the significance of the gathering and noting that our guests had a lot on their minds. Our three-hour documentary — tentatively titled Haskell’s Notes: International Cinematography Summit Conference 2011 — covers 31⁄2 days that are presented in chronologically arranged chapters addressing key topics. This might sound like a pretty boring

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Contents
Editor’s Note
President’s Desk
Short Takes: Polaris campaign
Production Slate: Footnote4:44 Last Day on Earth
Vice at the Vatican
Back to School
Sundance Standouts
Filmmakers’ Forum: Haskell Wexler, ASC
New Products & Services
International Marketplace
Classified Ads
Ad Index
Clubhouse News
ASC Close-Up: Alar Kivilo
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