Elijah Drenner, director,
"That Guy Dick Miller"
Roger Corman’s influence as a filmmaker, producer, distributor and mentor is immeasurable. The fiercely independent Corman pioneered the art of shooting a film quickly and on the cheap, made films to appeal to the oft-ignored youth market of the 1950s and 1960s, and helped launched the writing and /or directing careers of Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Jonathan Demme, Joe Dante, John Sayles, Peter Bogdanovich, Jonathan Kaplan, Peter Bogdanovich, and Paul Bartel. To celebrate Corman’s first 60 years as a filmmaker, the Austin Film Society will hold a month-long tribute to the filmmaker responsible for Not of This Earth, Rock All Night, War of the Satellites, The Wasp Woman, The Intruder, The Raven, The Wild Angels, The Trip, and The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. The Austin Film Society’s The Films of Roger Corman series begins 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 with director Elijah Drenner’s documentary That Guy Dick Miller, followed by a post-screening Skype Q&A with Dick Miller, and at 10 p.m. with A Bucket of Blood, which features the most celebrated performance by Miller in a film produced or directed by Corman. The documentary That Guy Dick Miller, which screened during this year’s SXSW Film Festival, follows the life and career of the working actor who appeared in more Roger Corman films than anyone can count and in recent decades has been embraced as Joe Dante’s good-luck charm. Pit and the Pendulum, X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes, and GAS-S-S-S also will screen during The Films of Roger Corman series, which runs through Aug. 31. Austin Film Society programmer Lars Nilsen joins That Guy Dick Miller director Elijah Drenner to discuss the life and work of Roger Corman and Dick Miller.
Aired: Aug. 7, 2014
Web sites: https://www.austinfilm.org/retrospectives-and-themed-series/series-corman, https://www.facebook.com/thatguydickmiller, and http://thatguydickmiller.com/