The George Eastman House honored filmmaker Roger Corman on Saturday night as the 68th recipient of the George Eastman Award, the museum’s highest honor in motion pictures.
“We are proud and honored to recognize Roger Corman’s outstanding contribution to the art of film,” said Paolo Cherchi Usai, the museum’s senior curator of motion pictures. We are doing so as a long overdue tribute to a true master of cinema—a master in the literal sense of the term. As a producer and director, Corman has forever changed the landscape of American independent cinema, which is why he amply deserves the George Eastman Award.”
With Corman's nearly six-decade tenure in the business, he has hundreds of movies to his credit as film producer, director, and actor.
The Eastman House says that Corman was the first to understand and interpret the evolving taste of teenage moviegoers at a time of dramatic social change. He discovered the talents of Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme, Peter Bogdanovich, and Joe Dante, producing their early films.