American Film Institute Honors “Rust” Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins with Fellowship Fund for Women Filmmakers

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins who was killed Thursday on the set of the movie “Rust”. Halyna Hutchins

  • The American Film Institute launched a Memorial Fellowship to honor Halyna Hutchins.

  • Hutchins was killed on the set of the movie “Rust” on Thursday after Alec Baldwin pulled a funny prop.

  • The scholarship will aim to help women “build sustainable careers in the film industry,” according to a statement.

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced a new grant fund for women filmmakers to honor cinematographer Halyna Hutchins who was killed on Thursday on the set of the movie “Rust” after actor Alec Baldwin fired with a propeller pistol.

The scholarship fund will aim to help female filmmakers “build lasting careers in the film industry,” filmmaker Olia Oparina, who was also a close friend of Hutchins’ friend, told Variety on Friday.

Details on how the scholarship fund or who can apply have not yet been made public, but AFI is currently accepting donations on its website.

In a statement announcing the scholarship, Oparina spoke at length about Hutchins, a former student of the prestigious conservatory of cinema who graduated from AFI.

“Throughout her career, she has championed female DPs and directors, familiar with the challenges women face in the entertainment industry,” the statement said.

After overcoming many obstacles, Halyna began to receive offers for big budget films like ‘Archenemy’ and ‘Blindfire’, feature films that she was proud to lend her vision to. Her passing is a tragedy, not only for her family and friends, but also for the world of cinema that she loved so much and which has been forever deprived of her great talent. “

Hutchins, 42, was killed Thursday by a propeller pistol fired by actor Alec Baldwin on the set of the movie “Rust” at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The director of the film, Joel Souza, 48, left the hospital at the University of New Mexico on Friday morning after also being injured in the incident. Deadline previously reported that Souza was shot in the shoulder. A New York Times article revealed that Cackling was shot in the chest.

Multiple reports confirmed that the gun Alec Baldwin unloaded on the film set had been on “live tours”. According to an affidavit, Baldwin was handed the gun by a deputy director, who said “cold weapon”, The New York Times and The Associated Press reported. The term refers to a firearm that is not loaded with live ammunition.

On Friday afternoon, Alec Baldwin spoke publicly for the first time after the shooting.

“There are no words to express my shock and sadness over the tragic accident that claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins, a deeply admired wife, mother and colleague,” Baldwin tweeted.

“I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to determine how this tragedy occurred,” he added.

In a second tweet, Baldwin continued, “I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son and everyone who knew and loved Halyna.”

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