Roger Corman
Roger Corman. Photo by AP
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Producer Roger Corman, one of the most influential and innovative figures in the American B-movie industry, will be one of the most prominent guests at the International Student Film Festival, which will open next week at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque.

Corman won an honorary Oscar this year for his lifetime achievement. He has produced some 550 films and directed about 50 - and, perhaps most importantly, shown that independent filmmaking can be profitable.

He will receive an award at the festival, which will be held June 5-12 and is organized by film students at Tel Aviv University. Corman will also hold a discussion on his 1960 film "The Fall of the House of Usher," which will be screened there.

Another leading producer who will be appearing at the festival is Jan Harlan, who has produced all of Stanley Kubrick's films since Kubrick directed the 1975 movie "Barry Lyndon." Harlan will head the festival's jury and conduct a master class on music as a dramatic element in film and in screenplays.

Other guests include Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, whose 1995 documentary "The Celluloid Closet" surveyed the depiction of gays in the movies and took the prize for best documentary in the Berlin Film Festival, and for best director at the Sundance Film Festival.