Tickets on sale for George Eastman Award ceremony in honor of Roger Corman, godfather of independent film

Academy Award® winner to be recognized for his contribution
to the art of film on November 2nd

For Release 2013-10-23

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—George Eastman House will honor Academy Award® winner Roger Corman with the 68th George Eastman Award, the museum’s highest honor in motion pictures, on Saturday, November 2. The award ceremony, to be held in the Dryden Theatre, will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Eastman House film programmer Lori Donnelly.

The award recognizes Corman’s distinguished contribution to the art of film. In accepting the honor, Corman joins the company of such film legends as Charles Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille, Gary Cooper, Gregory Peck, Jimmy Stewart, Audrey Hepburn, Kim Novak, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, and Richard Gere. The George Eastman Award was established in 1955 as the first retrospective film award to honor artistic work of enduring value.

“Roger Corman’s passion and commitment to the art of filmmaking has helped pave the way for so many of the great actors and directors of our time,” said Donnelly. “The depth and breadth of his talents have impacted the motion picture industry for decades, and we’re thrilled to honor his career on November 2.”

George Eastman Award tickets are being offered at three price levels—Director, Producer, and Distributor. Director level tickets are $175 and include a pre-event dinner with Roger Corman in the museum’s Conservatory, reserved seating for the award ceremony, admittance to the dessert reception with Corman, and a pass to attend three films in the Dryden Theatre’s Roger Corman film series, running through December. Producer level tickets are $80/$75 museum members and include reserved seating for the award ceremony, admittance to the dessert reception, and a pass to attend one film in the series. Distributor level tickets are $30/$25 museum members for reserved seating at the awards ceremony only. Tickets for the November 2 event are available at eastmanhouse.org, the museum’s Lipson Center, or the Dryden Theatre box office.

$6 student rush tickets will be available at the box office the night of the event beginnning at 7 p.m. with valid student ID. 

With Corman’s nearly six-decade tenure in the business, he has hundreds of movies to his credit as film producer, director, and actor. Corman was the first to understand and interpret the evolving taste of teenage moviegoers at a time of dramatic social change. With the body of films he directed, he demonstrated that low-budget filmmaking can be a catalyst of style and creativity. He discovered the talents of Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme, Peter Bogdanovich, and Joe Dante, producing their early films. Corman also offered Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Robert De Niro, and Dennis Hopper their first chance on the big screen.

For more information about the George Eastman Award Ceremony, please visit eastmanhouse.org or call (585) 271-3361 ext. 218.

 About George Eastman Award

Since opening its doors in 1949, George Eastman House has championed the history, conservation, creativity, and passion surrounding the media supported in the museum’s mission. With the establishment in 1955 of the George Eastman Award for distinguished contribution to the art of film, the museum extended the recognition of that same commitment to individuals—professionals in the motion picture industry. The first two presentations of the award in 1955 and 1957, known as the Festival of Film Artists, recognized the legends of the silent film era (1915–1930). Since then, the George Eastman Award has evolved to recognize a range of artistic talent in the film industry that includes actors, directors, and cinematographers.

About Roger Corman

With hundreds of movies to his credit, Corman is one of the most prolific producers the film medium has ever produced, and one of the most successful—in his nearly-six-decades in the business, only about a dozen of his films have failed to turn a profit. Corman has been dubbed "The King of the Cult Film" and "The Pope of Pop Cinema," and his filmography is packed with hundreds of remarkably entertaining films, dozens of genuine cult classics. Corman has displayed an unrivaled eye for talent over the years—it could be said that it would be easier to name the top directors, actors, writers, and creators in Hollywood who didn't get their start with Corman than those who did. Among those he mentored are Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, James Cameron, Robert De Niro, Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante, and Sandra Bullock. His influence on modern American cinema is almost incalculable. In 2009, he was honored with an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement. 

About George Eastman House

George Eastman House is located on the estate of George Eastman, the father of popular photography and motion picture film. Eastman House comprises world-class collections of photographs, motion pictures, photographic and cinematic technology, and photographically illustrated books.  Established as an independent non-profit institution in 1947, it is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the earliest film archives. The archive houses 28,000 film titles and 4 million film-related publicity stills, posters, scores, scripts, and pre-cinema artifacts. Eastman House also holds the world’s largest collection of camera technology. The Eastman House’s L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation is regarded as the premier venue of professional training in film preservation, restoration, and archiving. The Eastman House is also the archive in which many filmmakers have chosen to preserve their films, including Cecil B. DeMille, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Ken Burns, and Kathryn Bigelow. Learn more at eastmanhouse.org.

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