An Award-Winning Film Director

Oct. 16, 2015

For his career achievements, his generous support of the College of Fine Arts and his dedication to preparing University of Arizona students for careers in the competitive world of television and film, Craig Huston has been named the college's 2015 Alumnus of the Year.

Over the course of his 30-year Hollywood career, Craig Huston garnered more than 60 credits as a first assistant director on feature films and television movies and episodes.

Huston's film credits include "First Blood," "Charmed," "Drop Zone" and "Heaven Can Wait," and he has worked with Academy and Emmy Award-winning directors, winning an award himself from the Directors Guild of America.

For years, Huston has mentored UA film students requesting production-related advice, providing honest, expert feedback on their projects. He offers a free seminar each year to UA students, faculty and staff interested in learning the role of an assistant director. He also is a frequent guest lecturer in the School of Theatre, Film & Television.

Huston not only shares his time with the college, he also is a generous donor. Among his contributions, he made a gift to create the Endowment for Emerging Filmmakers. He donates to the fund annually and offers a matching challenge to inspire others to give.

The UA Alumni Association will honor all recipients of the 2015 Alumni of the Year Awards during an Oct. 23 event to be held 3-5 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Center. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 520-621-7576.

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