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

by jmaloni

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Thu, Oct 24th 2013 09:30 pm

Academy Award winner to be recognized for his contribution to the art of film on Nov. 2

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, Nov. 2. The award ceremony, to be held in the Dryden Theatre, will be followed by a Q-and-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," Donnelly said. "The depth and breadth of his talents have impacted the motion picture industry for decades, and we're thrilled to honor his career on Nov. 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 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 for 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 Nov. 2 event are available at eastmanhouse.org, the museum's Lipson Center, or the Dryden Theatre box office.

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 could 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, visit eastmanhouse.org or call 585-271-3361, ext. 218.

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.

Learn more at eastmanhouse.org.

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