PATTON Cinematographer Fred Koenekamp to Receive ASC Lifetime Achievement Award

Fred J. Koenekamp, working on Patton

Fred Koenekamp, ASC will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given annually to an individual who has made exceptional and enduring contributions to advancing the art of cinematography. The presentation will be made during the 19th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards on February 20 at the Century Plaza Hotel.

Koenekamp has compiled over 90 cinematography credits, beginning in 1964 with the classic TV series THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., for which he earned two Emmy(R) nominations and shot over 100 episodes. He shared a 1974 Academy Award(R) with Joseph Biroc, ASC for their collaboration on THE TOWERING INFERNO. Koenekamp also earned Oscar(R) nominations for ISLANDS IN THE STREAM and PATTON. His other memorable films include THE GREAT BANK ROBBERY, BILLY JACK, KANSAS CITY BOMBER, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, PAPILLON and FUN WITH DICK AND JANE.

“Fred Koenekamp was in the front ranks of a new wave of cinematographers who entered the industry and enriched the art of visual storytelling during the 1960s and ’70s,” says ASC President Richard Crudo. “His work was original and innovative.”

Koenekamp is a second-generation filmmaker. His father, Hans Koenekamp, ASC began his career as a cinematographer at Mack Sennett Studios in 1913. Hans Koenekamp received the ASC Presidents Award in 1991. They are the first father and son to be honored by ASC.

In 1963, Koenekamp worked as a camera operator on the television series GUNSMOKE, which led to his first cinematography credit for the inaugural season of THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Koenekamp went on to earn critical raves in 1970 for PATTON, his first of five collaborations with director Frank Schaffner.

During the mid-1980s through the early 1990s, Koenekamp authored visuals for many television movies including such memorable titles as ALICE IN WONDERLAND, NEWS AT ELEVEN and THE B.R.A.T. PATROL. His television credits also include NOT MY KID, FLIGHT 90: DISASTER ON THE POTOMAC, KUNG FU and DISASTER ON THE COASTLINER.

Koenekamp joins a list of distinguished recipients of the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award, including Biroc, George Folsey, ASC, Stanley Cortez, ASC, Charles Lang, Jr., ASC, Phil Lathrop, ASC, Haskell Wexler, ASC, Conrad L. Hall, ASC, Gordon Willis, ASC, Sven Nykvist, ASC, Owen Roizman, ASC, Victor J. Kemper, ASC, Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, William Fraker, ASC, Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC, Laszlo Kovacs, ASC, Bill Butler ASC and Michael Chapman, ASC.

ASC was founded in January 1919. There are some 275 ASC members today from around the world, and 140 associate members from allied sectors of the industry.

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Source: American Society of Cinematographers

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