Director Gary Winick will receive the 2007 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal today at the AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Al Pacino in Hollywood. Recognizing the achievements of a graduate of the AFI Conservatory or of the Directing Workshop for Women, the American Film Institute prize was established in 1991. Previous recipients include: David Lynch, Amy Heckerlick, Terrence Malick, Darren Aronofsky, Todd Field, John Dahl and Patty Jenkins.
An undergrad at Tufts, Winick earned his MFA at the University of Texas and AFI. He later taught at NYU and worked as a director before launching InDigEnt with John Sloss and IFC in 1999. His directing credits include “Curfew” (1988), “Out of the Rain” (1991), “Sweet Nothing” (1996), “The Tic Code” (2000), “Sam the Man” (2000), “Tadpole” (2002), “13 Going on 30” (2004), and “Charlotte’s Web” (2006). He recently completed the pilot for NBC‘s “Lipstick Jungle.”