ICG Presents Emerging Cinematographer Awards

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The International Cinematographers Guild (Local 600) presented eight of its members with Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA), Sunday evening at the DGA Theater Complex.

During the ceremony, ICG president Steven Poster also introduced the newly created Bruce C. Doering Distinguished Service Award, and presented the first such award to ICG national executive director Doering, who plans to retire in December. Doering was recognized for his “outstanding contribution advocating policies and legislation favorable to labor workers,” Poster said.

“It has been a pleasure to serve Local 600 and work over 30 year to watch us grow to 7500,” Doering said, additionally saluting Poster, past ICG president George Spiro Dibie and additional Guild volunteers “who give their time to [make members] lives better.”

Doering also received a proclamation from the City of Los Angeles in recognition of his work.

This year’s recipients of ECA Awards were Daniel Cotroneo, operator, for The Other Side; Devin Doyle, first assistant, for Fish Friend; John Garrett, second assistant, for Delia; Jason Hafer, operator, for Incident on Highway 73; David Kruta, operator, for Lullaby; Michael Nie, second assistant, for Dust; Tobin Oldach, second assistant, for Thirst; and T. J. Williams Jr., operator,  for Color TV, No Vacancy. Each short film was screened during the presentation.

“If it wasn’t for the vision and creativity and talent of cinematographers, we’d still be listening to radio. Cinematographers brought about this industry that we love so much,” said actress Lindsay Wagner, who addressed the honorees during the ceremony. She told the awards winners that cinematographers give actors a “feeling of safety” and that their relationship is “much bigger than most people give credit for.”

Four received special awards during the ECA honorees luncheon last Thursday. They were director of photography Mandy Walker (Truth), who received the Kodak Cinematography Mentor of the Year Award; Steven Tiffen, president and CEO of the Tiffen Company, the Canon Award for Advancement in Digital Technology; David Heuring, the Technicolor William A. Fraker Cinematography Journalist of the Year; and professor Bruce Sheridan, chair of Cinema Art + Science at Columbia College Chicago, the Nat Tiffen Award for Excellence in Cinematography Education.