Stuart Cornfeld to Receive AFI's Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal
Producer Stuart Cornfeld will receive the 2013 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal at the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award dinner honoring Mel Brooks, which will be held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on June 6. The award ceremony will be broadcast on TNT on June 15 and as part of an all-night tribute to Brooks on Turner Classic Movies on July 24.
The Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal recognizes “the extraordinary creative talents of a graduate of the AFI Conservatory or AFI Directing Workshop for Women who symbolizes the legacy of Franklin Schaffner.”
Cornfeld was part of the AFI class of 1975. After completing his studies, he collaborated with Anne Bancroft, with whom he had worked on two Directing Workshop for Women projects at AFI. Bancroft introduced him to her husband Brooks, who hired Cornfeld as his assistant on High Anxiety. Cornfeld went on to associate produce History of the World Part 1 and Brancroft’s Fatso and to executive produce The Elephant Man.
After leaving Brooksfilms, Cornfeld produced seventeen films, including The Fly, Kafka, Tropic Thunder and Zoolander. For the last 15 years he has been Ben Stiller's partner in Red Hour Films. They are currently in post-production on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Stiller along with Shirley MacLaine, Sean Penn and Kristen Wiig.