May 28, 2017

Roger Corman getting Lifetime Achievement award at Fantastic Fest


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Roger and Julie Corman will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th annual Fantastic Fest, it was announced today. The fest is scheduled for Sept. 23-30, in Austin, Texas.

The award coincides with the world premiere of the Corman’s new Syfy movie “Sharktopus,” starring Eric Roberts and Sara Malakul Lane. The film will play as the second part of a double feature with the U.S. premiere of Machete Maidens Unleashed!, a documentary about Philippine exploitation films from the 70’s and 80’s directed by Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood), which features Roger Corman prominently.

From the release:

Roger Corman received an Honorary 2010 Oscar for his contributions to filmmaking, and is the legendary director and producer of numerous cult classics, among them It Conquered the World, Death Race 2000, The Little Shop of Horrors, and a series of Edgar Allen Poe adaptations that starred Vincent Price, including The Masque of the Red Death. Roger also directed X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes, which will screen at his request on Saturday, September 25, 2010.

Julie Corman, Roger’s wife, has played an essential role in shaping the career that they have shared for just over four decades now. Though a much less public figure, Julie has been instrumental in helping discover now-famous talent, including Jonathan Demme, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Charles Bronson, Robert De Niro, and Sylvester Stallone, among many others. Roger and Julie are responsible for fostering the independent, imaginative spirit that Fantastic Fest was founded on.

“Roger and Julie Corman have been the single greatest inspiration in the development of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema,” says Fantastic Fest director Tim League. “Fostering independent cinema, employing all manner of ballyhoo to accentuate the theatrical experience and trying to make sure audiences have a blast at the cinema every time; these are the cornerstones of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and my wife and I have drawn inspiration from the very beginning from Roger and Julie Corman. I am deeply humbled and honored to be bringing them to Austin and the Alamo Drafthouse for the first time since we opened.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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