LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Francis Ford Coppola, the most acclaimed filmmaker of the 1970s, is being honored by the American Society of Cinematographers for a body of work including ``The Godfather'' trilogy, ``Apocalypse Now'' and ``The Conversation.''

``He has created some of the most important films in history and is also a great role model who has proven that a determined person from outside the mainstream can make a difference,'' ASC president Woody Omens said.

Coppola, an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, director and producer, has other notable credits including ``Finian's Rainbow,'' ``The Cotton Club,'' Peggy Sue Got Married,'' ``Bram Stoker's Dracula'' and ``The Rainmaker.''

He will receive the ASC Board of Governors Award on March 8 at the cinematographers group's 12th annual awards gala, Omens said Friday.