Michigan Connection: renowned independent filmmaker and producer Roger Corman to receive Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award at Austin luncheon

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The Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference will honor independent film director Roger Corman (born April 5, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan) for his contributions to film during the 25th annual ceremony, the festival announced Thursday.

Corman, who will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award, has been credited for discovering talent through the years such as Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard and James Cameron.

The honoree also founded New World Pictures in the 1970s, which grew to become the largest independent motion picture distribution company in the country.

Corman will receive the filmmaking honor during the annual awards luncheon on Oct. 27, following in the footsteps of previous recipients Danny Boyle, Jonathan Demme, Walter Hill, Ron Howard, Sydney Pollack, John Singleton and Oliver Stone.

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For Corman’s complete list of awards

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