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One bona fide movie legend will fete another on June 11 when John Carpenter presents Roger Corman with the New Media Film Festival‘s Legend Award at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles. Carpenter is, of course, the director of such genre classics as Halloween and The Thing while the list of notable films made by producer and director Corman merely begins with The Trip, Death Race 2000, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, and the original Little Shop of Horrors. As a distributor he was also responsible for introducing American audiences to an array of European art house films. (Those interested in learning more about the latter’s storied career should definitely check out my colleague Chris Nashawaty’s recent tome, Crab Monsters, Teenage Caveman, and Candy Stripe Nurses—Roger Corman: King of the B Movie.)

“In addition to redefining production techniques, Roger Corman changed the pattern of film distribution,” New Media Film Festival founder Susan Johnston said in a statement. “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. 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.”