UCLA cinematographer in residence chosen

Vilmos Zsigmond's 'McCabe & Mrs. Miller' screening May 11

Vilmos Zsigmond has been named Kodak Cinematographer in Residence for the spring quarter at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television. "McCabe & Mrs. Miller," which he shot, will screen at UCLA's James Bridges Theater on May 11.

"Vilmos Zsigmond overcame seemingly impossible odds to become one of the defining film artists of our times," Professor William McDonald, who inaugurated the program with the support of Kodak in 200, said.

"Leonard Maltin hit the nail on the head when he wrote, 'Recognition for cinematographers in general is long overdue. When it comes to Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond, it's clear that the American New Wave of the late 1960s and early '70s wouldn't have flowered as it did without them.' "

Zsignmod won an Oscar for "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" in 1978 and has also been nominated for "The Deer Hunter," "The River" and "The Black Dahlia." The American Society of Cinematographers presented him its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.