2015 Career Achievement Award
Aggie Guerard Rodgers is this year’s recipient of the Career Achievement Award, an honor that recognizes her body of work in film. Rodgers made her film debut with “American Graffiti” in 1973. Having graduated from Cal State Long Beach in 1970 with a Master’s degree in theatre costume design, Rodgers had no experience in film costuming when she was hired as the Costume Designer for George Lucas’ groundbreaking film, “American Graffiti.” Due to her experience growing up in Fresno, Calif., her understanding of the script and the vision Lucas had for the film, she got the job. It was produced by Francis Ford Coppola, who hired her again the following year for “The Conversation.” Her next film was “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” which was produced by Saul Zaentz and Michael Douglas.
When asked about her favorite film experience, Rodgers always credits “The Color Purple,” for which she received an Oscar nomination. Two of her other favorite films were produced in the 1980’s: “Beetlejuice” and “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.” Rodgers has continued to design for film and over the last decade worked on “Rent,” “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” “Holes,” “Life or Something Like It,” and “Fruitvale Station.”
Esteemed award-winning actor Harrison Ford will present the award to Rodgers. The two have worked together on numerous films, spanning over 40 years, including “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” “The Fugitive,” “American Graffiti,” “The Conversation,” and “More American Graffiti.”