ASC President Kees van Ostrum and ARRI President and CEO Glenn Kennel at the groundbreaking ceremony for the ASC ARRI Educational Center

The American Society of Cinematographers said this week it had begun construction of the new ASC ARRI Educational Center.

ARRI President and CEO Glenn Kennel joined ASC President Kees van Oostrum at the groundbreaking ceremony this week. The building, which is going up behind the ASC Clubhouse, is described as a planned educational hub focusing on “the art and craft of cinematography.” It will also house the stuff of all ASC publications.

“Our educational efforts have grown tremendously, supported not only by the artistic endeavors of our membership but also through the work of our Motion Imaging Technology Council and our members’ commitment to illustrating the role of the cinematographer to the world,” said van Oostrum in a prepared statement. “We are very grateful to have ARRI’s backing in so many of our educational initiatives, especially the one we are celebrating today.”

The ASC was officially chartered in January 1919, and began publishing American Cinematographer magazine in 1920.

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