Kees Van Oostrum Named President of American Society of Cinematographers

Kees Van oostrum - Getty - S 2016
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Kees Van oostrum - Getty - S 2016

Kees Van Oostrum has been elected to his first one-year term as president of the American Society of Cinematographers.

He succeeds Richard Crudo, who has completed his third consecutive one-year term. (He has served a total of six terms, also leading the organization as president from 2003-2005.)

The new slate of officers includes Bill Bennett, Dean Cundey and Lowell Peterson as vice presidents; Levi Isaacs as treasurer; Fred Goodich as secretary; and Roberto Schaefer as sergeant-at-arms.

“It is our task as an organization to educate the industry on the value of the cinematographer as authors of the images, to be involved in advancing imaging technology, and most importantly, to promote our artistry,” Van Oostrum said Tuesday in a statement. “I’m honored to be selected along with these officers to lead my peers and colleagues into new visual frontiers, and continue the educational mission of the organization.

Van Oostrum previously served as a vice president of the Society, and is chairman and originator of the popular ASC master classes. “The master classes have been very successful and we hope to expand them to an international level,” said Van Oostrum. “With partner associations worldwide and the support of our community of associate members, there is great promise in the immediate future to develop these and new programs that will help promote the importance of authorship in the creation of artful content.”

The Dutch cinematographer's work in television includes his Emmy-nominated Return to Lonesome Dove (1993) and Miss Rose White (1992), as well as Gods & Generals (2003), Gettysburg (2004) and Spartacus (2004).

The 2016-2017 ASC board members are: John Bailey, Curtis Clark, Fred Elmes, Michael Goi, Victor J. Kemper, Stephen LighthillDaryn Okada, Woody Omens, Robert Primes, Cynthia Pusheck, Owen Roizman, John Simmons and Crudo. Alternate board members include Mandy Walker, Karl-Walter Lindenlaub and Oliver Bokelberg.