News worth knowing that slipped by me last week…
Congrats to Bradford Young who has joined the active ranks of The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) – a professional organization, founded in 1919, whose membership is by invitation only; one that is extended to directors of photography with “distinguished credits” in the film industry.
This is considered to be one of the highest industry honors that a professional cinematographer can receive, and is seen as a mark of prestige and distinction.
The ASC currently has approximately 340 members currently, and will surely continue to grow.
Young, like other ASC members, can now put the letters A.S.C. after his name – as in Bradford Young A.S.C.
He joins other black cinematographers like Ernest Dickerson (already a member) in the A.S.C. Actually, in terms of black cinematographers, Dickerson is the only other name that I recognized as I scanned the list of members on the A.S.C.’s members page. There’s a chance that I may have missed one or two, although I can’t imagine who they would be. Even Remi Adefarasin, who was nominated for his work as cinematographer on “Elizabeth,” and who is the first and the last DP of African descent to be nominated for an Oscar in that category, isn’t a member, which I find odd, given that he’s an industry veteran.
Bradford Young studied filmmaking at Howard University under renowned Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima. His list of credits include Tina Mabry’s “Mississippi Damned”; “Pariah,” directed by Dee Rees; “Middle of Nowhere,” his first film with Ava DuVernay (“Selma” being the second); David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”; Andrew Dosunmu’s “Restless City” and “Mother of George”; and J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year.”
His latest feature, Ed Zwick’s likely Oscar contender “Pawn Sacrifice,” is scheduled for release this fall.