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Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola is one of the most respected talents in the entertainment business.
Best known as a five-time Oscar-winning director, writer and producer, he won his first Oscar at age 31 for the screenplay for Patton, which he co-wrote with Edmund H. North.
Mr. Coppola's impressive body of work includes directorial credits for 20 films: epic films such as the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now; The Conversation; The Outsiders and Rumblefish; and Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Throughout his career, he has always searched for better tools for filmmakers and is considered the pioneer of electronic cinema. Many of the techniques he developed have become the industry standard.
Mr. Coppola's San Francisco-based film company, American Zoetrope, develops and produces film projects for both the large and small screen. In its first 30 years, American Zoetrope has produced some of the most important films in American cinema, including American Graffiti, The Godfather (Parts II and III), The Black Stallion, The Outsiders and Rumblefish, Peggy Sue Got Married, Barfly, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Don Juan DeMarco, Mi Familia, The Virgin Suicides, and cq.
American Zoetrope films have received 15 Academy Awards, out of 68 nominations. Four of the company's films were included in the American Film Institute's ranking of the Top 100 American Films.
American Zoetrope has constantly embraced the creative possibilities of technology, and has launched many of today's cinema technologies: Video Assist, Pre-visualization, electronic editing, and Network-enabled creative services. Under Mr. Coppola's leadership, American Zoetrope has become known for orchestrating alternative approaches to filmmaking.