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AFI to honor Mel Brooks, David Lynch

May 30, 2012 at 9:31 AM   |   Comments

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LOS ANGELES, May 30 (UPI) -- The American Film Institute says it plans to honor writer-director-producers Mel Brooks and David Lynch.

AFI said it will confer Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa upon the filmmakers for their "contribution of distinction to the art of the moving image" during the AFI Conservatory commencement 2012 at Hollywood's landmark Grauman's Chinese Theatre June 13.

The artists worked together on the Academy Award-winning 1980 film "The Elephant Man," with Lynch as director and screenwriter, and Brooks as executive producer.

Brooks is best known for his comedies "Robin Hood: Men in Tights," "Blazing Saddles," "The Producers" and "Young Frankenstein."

Lynch's movies include "Dune," "Wild at Heart," "Blue Velvet," "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" and "Mulholland Drive."

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