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Billy Fraker To Be Honored at Lake Arrowhead and USA Film Fest

April 1, 2008
The Lake Arrowhead Film Festival in California, and the USA Film Festival in Dallas, Texas, are both celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of Rosemary’s Baby with tributes to William A. Fraker, ASC.

Fraker will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa on Friday evening, April 11. On April 12, there will be an 11 a.m. screening of Rosemary’s Baby augmented by a running commentary by Fraker who will stop the projector to discuss his collaboration with director Roman Polanski, including why and how decisions were made. For additional information about the festival and tickets to screenings and events visit the website at

Fraker will also receive the Master Artists Award at the 38th Annual USA Film Festival. This tribute is presented annually to a director, writer, editor, actor, composer or cinematographer who has made a lasting and indelible impression on the art of filmmaking. The presentation will be made at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, followed by a screening of Rosemary’s Baby and a subsequent conversation between Fraker and the audience. This tribute is part of the USA Film Festival's year-round program schedule, and it is open to the public. For schedule and ticket information, contact the USA Film Festival at 214-821-FILM.

Fraker compiled some 45 cinematography credits during his storied career. He earned five Oscar® nominations for cinematography for Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), Heaven Can Wait (1978), 1941 (1979), WarGames (1983) and Murphy’s Romance (1985), and a visual effects nomination for 1941.