The Independent School of Corman / by KirstenStudio

roger-cormanIt's no news to most Roger Corman fans that this year Mr. Corman received a special Oscar. I think of this as a big step for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as it represents a value acknowledgment. That value being that there are vastly different types of talent in cinema and Roger Corman has made hefty contributions to the art form. I personally grew up watching many of his films on VHS. They were always so engrossing because they were so different from what I saw at our local movie theater. As the New York Times article title reads: The B King Takes His Place on the A List. In my opinion he more than deserves it and the many many successful actors, directors and producers that started at the Roger Corman School can attest to what their experience there gave them.  What's great about his body of productions is that they fostered so much creativity (partly due to wacky ideas and partly due to constraints of ultra low budget productions) that was, and still is, considered off the grid in terms of what is often considered acceptable and/or artful. I suppose that's how it receives the title "B Film", but sometimes a B Film just means it's bad (in a bad way) while Corman films are often something else.  Films like Wild Angels (Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra), The Trip (legendary for many things and also written by Jack Nicolson and starring Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper - Corman regulars), House of Usher (starring Vincent Price and based on the Edgar Allen Poe story) or Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (starring Mame Van Doren - need I say more??). Genre's range from horror to sexploitation to just experimental and that's what makes cinema so interesting - someone that does something different.  That's a big part of what independent film is and Roger Corman was doing it before it was a hip term to throw around.