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Published on Jun 27, 2014
Roger Corman remains a master of low budget film as the so-called King of the B-movies, but he also set the standard for the quality of how small budget films could be made. His films adapting the work of Edgar Allen Poe have earned him critical praise and he was widely admired by the French New Wave film-making movement. Corman was the youngest filmmaker to have a retrospective at the Cinémathèque Française, the British Film Institute and the Museum of Modern Art. He's also generous with a sharp eye for new talent by mentoring and influencing many young film directors from Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich and Francis Ford Coppola to Ron Howard and Jonathan Demme. He helped launch the careers of actors Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson, among countless others, and his experimentation with psychedelic techniques in The Trip, paved the way for Easy Rider.
"In addition to redefining production techniques, Roger Corman changed the pattern of film distribution," states Johnston. "His company, New World Films, distributed the precursors of the new American film movement and introduced American audiences to European classics such as Fellini's Amarcord and Bergman's Cries and Whispers." Johnston acknowledged, "Corman continues to remain relevant and inspirational to the thriving independent film movement to this day and there is no single individual more deserving of the New Media Film Festival's Legend Award than Roger Corman."