ASC to honor memory of Bud Stone

Dedicates Heritage Award to late executive

The American Society of Cinematographers has dedicated its 2009 Heritage Award to the memory of the late Burton "Bud" Stone, who was president of Deluxe Laboratories for 18 years.

The award will be presented to one or more recipients during the 23rd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards on Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

"Bud Stone was an influential leader in the industry who became a legend in his own time," ASC President Daryn Okada said. "He had an unwavering appreciation for the role that cinematographers play in the collaborative art of visual storytelling. He also made incomparable contributions to supporting cinematographers and raising their public profile."

Inaugurated in 1999, the ASC Heritage Award has been dedicated to the memory of a different cinematographer each year. This is the first year that the award will be dedicated to the memory of a non-cinematographer.

"This tribute was a unanimous decision made by our board of directors,"Isidore Mankofsky, chairman of the ASC Education Committee, said. "Bud Stone was an honorary member of ASC, and served as chairman of the Outstanding Achievement Awards Committee for 17 years."

Stone worked his way up through the ranks at several film labs in New York and New Jersey before being named president of Deluxe Laboratories in 1976. He served in that role until 1994, when he retired. Stone died on April 18 at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 80.

The organization has issued a call for entries in the annual competition for undergraduate, graduate or recently graduated film school students. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 1.

Applicants must be in either their final year or a recent graduate of a United States school that offers film study curricula. Requirements include a nomination by the dean, department head or a faculty member, and submission of a student film. Entries will be judged by an ASC jury who will evaluate both the artistry and skill with which the applicants tell stories with moving images that augment the visions of the directors and performances by the actors.