It's rare to see these two horror icons on stage together, so we thought our Los Angeles readers would like to know that John Carpenter will be presenting Roger Corman with a special Legend Award at the New Media Film Festival in June:

"Susan Johnston, producer and founder of the New Media Film Festival, announced today that Roger Corman, the filmmaker, Honorary Academy Award-winner and pioneering producer/director/screenwriter/ actor, will be the recipient of the festival's coveted Legend Award. "We are proud and honored to award Roger Corman the New Media Film Festival's Legend Award for a long career of iconoclastic and memorable films, for also inspiring audiences and helping to launch generations of successful filmmakers with his groundbreaking approach," said Johnston. The award ceremony will take place during the closing night of the Fifth Annual New Media Film Festival on Wednesday, June 11 at 9:00 PM at the Landmark Theatre.

"Corman deserves a presentation by another cinematic innovator and we are also pleased to announce that Academy Award-winning screenwriter/producer/director John Carpenter will be presenting the New Media Film Festival Legend Award to Mr. Corman," Johnston continued.

The Legend Awards Ceremony and all events for the Fifth Annual New Media Film Festival will be held at the Landmark Theatre (10850 W. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064) on June 10-11. Tickets are available at:

Roger Corman remains a master of low budget film as the so-called King of the B-movies, but he also set the standard for the quality of how small budget films could be made. His films adapting the work of Edgar Allen Poe have earned him critical praise and he was widely admired by the French New Wave film-making movement. Corman was the youngest filmmaker to have a retrospective at the Cinémathèque Française, the British Film Institute and the Museum of Modern Art. He's also generous and has a sharp eye for new talent by mentoring and influencing many young film directors from Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich and Francis Ford Coppola to Ron Howard and Jonathan Demme. He helped launch the careers of actors Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson, among countless others, and his experimentation with psychedelic techniques in The Trip, paved the way for Easy Rider.

"In addition to redefining production techniques, Roger Corman changed the pattern of film distribution," states Johnston. "His company, New World Films, distributed the precursors of the new American film movement and introduced American audiences to European classics such as Fellini's Amarcord and Bergman's Cries and Whispers." Johnston acknowledged, "Corman continues to remain relevant and inspirational to the thriving independent film movement to this day and there is no single individual more deserving of the New Media Film Festival’s Legend Award than Roger Corman."

Sculptor Brent Armstrong created a piece of art to display at this year's festival as a tribute to Corman's late special effects guru Paul Blaisdell, In the early years of Corman's storied career in films, Blaisdell designed monsters and effects for his films.

The New Media Film Festival offers the best in new media: What's new and what's next, it honors stories worth telling in all media. Stories that are innovative, imaginative and inspirational, and can make you laugh, cry, think and go beyond the ordinary."

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Source: Photo Credit: Jimmy Steinfeld