The Board of Governors of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has re-elected Stephen Lighthill as president.
He will serve his next one-year term alongside Vice Presidents Amy Vincent, Steven Fierberg and John Simmons; Treasurer Steven Poster; Secretary Gregg Heschong; and Sergeant-at-Arms Jim Denault.
Lighthill was elevated to president last year and previously served in the role from 2012-2013. He and the Board have been guiding the Society through the challenging transitions necessitated by the global pandemic, focusing on helping members learn safe practices on set and sharing those findings with the industry at large. The organisation also streamed its annual Outstanding Achievement Awards online for the first time, which was watched by over 4,500 people worldwide.
Lighthill notes, “As we safely emerge from the pandemic, we plan to continue to share our expertise on best practices for remote solutions and virtual production in service to the artistic process of filmmaking. We also remain focused on recruiting diverse and inclusive crews as well as supporting underrepresented filmmakers through our scholarship and mentorship programs.”
As the Discipline Chair: Cinematography at the American Film Institute Conservatory, Lighthill continually advocates for gender diversity at both the faculty and graduate levels. Additionally, he has served as an officer on the National Executive Board of the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG).
Lighthill began his career shooting for San Francisco Bay area news programs and national news shows, such as 60 Minutes. He segued into documentary cinematography, working on many films including Gimme Shelter and Berkeley in the Sixties, which was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Audience Award at Sundance. His narrative credits include such television dramas as Vietnam War Story, Earth 2, and Nash Bridges, among many others. In 2018, Lighthill was bestowed the ASC Presidents Award. He is also the recipient of the Society of Operating Cameramen’s (SOC) President’s Award in 2000.