Roger Corman to Be Honored at Austin Film Festival

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The renowned independent filmmaker and producer will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award during the ceremony's luncheon in October.

The Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference will honor independent film director Roger Corman for his contributions to film during the 25th annual ceremony, the festival announced Thursday.

Corman, who will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award, has been credited for discovering talent through the years such as Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard and James Cameron.

Corman has produced and directed over 500 films, such as The Pit and the Pendulum, The Wild Angles, Little Shop of Horrors, Death Race 2000 and Rock 'n' Roll High School.

The honoree also founded New World Pictures in the 1970s, which grew to become the largest independent motion picture distribution company in the country. New World Pictures was also one of the first American distributors to introduce foreign cinema to the U.S., distributing films from Francois Truffaut, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini and Werner Herzog.

Corman will receive the filmmaking honor during the annual awards luncheon on Oct. 27, following in the footsteps of previous recipients Danny Boyle, Jonathan Demme, Walter Hill, Ron Howard, Sydney Pollack, John Singleton and Oliver Stone. 

The 25th anniversary of the Austin Film Festival will take place Oct. 25 through Nov. 1. Further awardees will be announced at a later date.