Saturday, April 29th, 5:45pm, Ullman Hall
The Overlook Film festival's Master of Horror Award was established to honor a living legend who has contributed lasting innovations to the genre throughout a long career, inspiring new filmmakers for years to come. This year's recipient is the one and only Roger Corman, director and producer extraordinaire whose techniques, output and mentorships changed the face of independent film. Joining Corman onstage will be filmmaker Mick Garris (creator of "Masters of Horror" and the miniseries events "Stephen King's The Shining" and "The Stand") to hold a live conversation about Corman's illustrious career for the podcast POST MORTEM WITH MICK GARRIS. Stay for a feature presentation of a classic Corman masterpiece X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES.
Producer and director Roger Corman has made more than 300 feature films. The “Godfather of Independent Film,” he is best known for his guerrilla filmmaking on pictures such as Little Shop of Horrors and for his internationally acclaimed Edgar Allan Poe adaptations starring Vincent Price. His exploitation style birthed the modern Hollywood blockbuster and influenced filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Eli Roth.
Corman also discovered a generation of Hollywood talent including Jack Nicholson, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Sandra Bullock, Will Ferrell, Mila Kunis, Sylvester Stallone, Tommy Lee Jones, Gale Anne Hurd, Ron Howard, Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, Jonathan Demme, John Sayles, Joe Dante and Peter Bogdanovich.
Corman was one of the first American distributors to bring foreign cinema to the States, distributing the films of Akira Kurosawa, Francois Truffaut, Frederico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman and Werner Herzog through his company New World Pictures.
In 2009, Corman received the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement.