Columbia College Fetes Alumnus Of The Year Michael Goi



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CHICAGO (April 2, 2013) – On May 18 and 19, Columbia College Chicago will honor Michael Goi, ASC, (BA ’80) among its alumni of the year during the college’s commencement ceremonies. Three outstanding alumni, whose work and dedication to their craft is a tribute to the Columbia College spirit and ideal, will be lauded during the graduation ceremonies as part of its annual tradition.

Goi has translated his time and degree at Columbia College Chicago into a career spanning both film and television. Born and raised in Chicago, he attended Columbia College from 1976 to 1980, graduating as valedictorian. Upon graduating, Goi worked as a part-time faculty member at Columbia College, teaching lighting and basic film techniques, while simultaneously shooting television commercials and feature documentaries for PBS such as “Wrapped In Steel” and the Emmy award-winning “Fired Up: The Story Of Public Housing.”

His career trajectory led him to work in advertising and marketing on properties in Chicago and beyond, where his work for his clients led to multiple Clio awards. He also opened a fashion photography studio that produced editorial and advertising fashion layouts. But his love of film won out, and he served as director of photography on the horror film “Moonstalker” in Nevada before moving to Los Angeles in 1990. Goi has compiled more than 50 television and film credits to date, including “American Horror Story,” “Glee” and “Witless Protection.”

Goi was nominated for the American Society of Cinematographers’ (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Award for the telefilms “The Fixer” and “Judas,” and for the TV pilot of “The New Normal” and the series “American Horror Story: Asylum.” Goi has also received Emmy nominations for “Glee” and “My Name Is Earl.”

A past president of the ASC, Goi now serves on the Board of Governors and was the editor of the 10th edition of the ASC Manual.  He is also a member of the National Executive Board of the International Cinematographers Guild and a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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