Roger Corman: Godfather of Independent Film
Roger Corman has had an enormous impact on both independent and mainstream cinema over the past sixty years, directing, producing, and distributing over 600 films.
Best known for The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) and his Edgar Allan Poe cycle starring Vincent Price, Corman has had a long career as a director of groundbreaking and entertaining films. He fearlessly approached every subject and genre he covered, from monster movies and gangster films to psychedelic drugs and burgeoning countercultures.
Corman's dedication to independent film production quickly set him apart from other producers and directors in the 1950s and 1960s. With a famously sharp eye for talent, Corman is credited with having discovered some of the most remarkable actors and directors of the last five decades. He fostered the careers of James Cameron, Jack Nicholson, Jonathan Demme, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, and William Shatner, among many others. Corman was a sympathetic and accessible mentor, often giving those with little or no experience opportunities to direct or star in his films.
Corman's sense for great cinema has reached far beyond his own productions. In the 1970s, he brought to American audiences foreign-language films that were ignored by major distributors. His company, New World Pictures, distributed masterpieces by auteurs such as Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa, and Francois Truffaut, as well as important works by lesser-known foreign directors.
As director, producer, mentor, and distributor, Roger Corman has made tremendous contributions to cinema. Join us in celebrating the exceptional career of a true American independent as we honor Roger Corman as the recipient of the 68th George Eastman Award on November 2.
AS DISTRIBUTOR (all w/ New World Pictures)|
|* Academy Award nominee: Best Picture ** Academy Award winner: Best Foreign Language Film|
See complete filmography on IMDb.