Magazine article American Cinematographer

Clubhouse News

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Clubhouse News

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Parker Named Honorary Member

During the 24th annual ASC Awards, ASC President Michael Goi took to the stage alongside Ralph Woolsey, ASC to deliver a surprise announcement: Larry Parker, executive vice president of Mole-Richardson Co., has been names an honorary member of the Society.

The grandson of Mole-Richardson co-founder Peter Mole, Parker followed in the family business and tradition of manufacturing lighting equipment designed to satisfy the creative needs of filmmakers. Parker's collaborative spirit and appreciation for cinematographers' art and craft earned him associate membership in the ASC in 1977. He has also taught countless lighting workshops out of Mole-Richardson's Hollywood facility, offering emerging filmmakers an opportunity to learn fundamentals in an interactive, hands-on environment.

"Larry Parker may very well be one of the most influential individuals in the industry," says Goi, "He has personally helped educate a large number of young filmmakers as to the nuts and bolts of their craft through the resources of MoleRichardson, and he holds the torch of respect high for the men and women who choose cinematography as their life work. Lam/5 influence and generosity will be felt in this business for decades to come, every time one of his students steps onto a set or follows his example and teaches another young filmmaker respect for the tools and the craft. His selfless devotion to the people who create moving images makes him a true friend and ally. This honorary membership is the most definitive way we have of expressing the profound respect we have for him."

"I've always wanted to be a director of photography, and I have the utmost respect for their immeasurable talent, so receiving this honor means the world to me," says Parker. "The ASC has always supported me in helping with the education of young filmmakers, and that's what I intend to keep doing.

"I love the ASC; I love what it stands for; I love the people in it, and to be recognized by them is unbelievable," Parker continues. "I am so grateful and will remember this evening for the rest of my fife. Cm stiff floating!"

Leighton Becomes Associate

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in radio, television and film from San Francisco State University, new associate member Doug Leighton built a substantial foundation of practical experience over 12 years as a freelancer. He then founded RTS Systems, where he served for 16 years as vice president of marketing. …

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