Caleb Deschanel to receive AFI medal

Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel to receive the AFI's Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal

Five-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel -- father of actresses Emily and Zooey Deschanel -- will receive the American Film Institute's 25th Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

The honor recognizes the creative talents of alumni from the AFI Conservatory or the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women, someone who embodies the qualities of the late Oscar-winning director of "Patton." Schaffner was on the board of trustees of the AFI from 1975 until his death in 1989.

Caleb Deschanel earned Academy Award nominations for 1983's "The Right Stuff," 1984's "The Natural," 1996's "Fly Away Home," 2000's "The Patriot" and 2004's "The Passion of the Christ." He won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for 1979's "The Black Stallion." He will receive the Schaffner award June 4 during the AFI Life Achievement Tribute to Steve Martin at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.



1:02 p.m.: An earlier version of this article stated that the AFI award ceremony will be Thursday. It will be June 4.


Past recipients of the medal include Darren Aronofsky, Randa Haines, Amy Heckerling, Terrence Malick, David Lynch, Janusz Kaminski, Patty Jenkins and Carl Franklin.

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