History-making cinematographer Rachel Morrison is set to receive an honor from the American Film Institute (AFI). The “Black Panther” Dp will be awarded the 2018 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, which is given in recognition of AFI Conservatory alumni who “embody the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner: talent, taste, dedication, and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television.”
Earlier this year the trailblazer became the first woman to ever receive an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography. She earned the nod for Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” a drama about two men returning home to Mississippi after fighting in WWII. “Fruitvale Station,” “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and “Confirmation” are among her other credits.
Morrison is signed on to Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick’s upcoming doc about the lack of parity and diversity within Hollywood.
“There’s this idea that there are more female cinematographers now because cameras are lighter,