Friday, May 20, 2011
ANNOUNCING: FCY BLOGATHON
Get ready, folks! Today I'm unveiling Forgotten Classics of Yesteryear's very first blogathon! The topic is none other than the king of B-movies himself, Roger Corman!
Recipient of an Honorary Academy Award for his work, Roger Corman has been a tireless producer and director of films for over 50 years! Known for directing exploitation and B-movies, Corman pioneered techniques of shooting on a shoe-string budget and completing films in record times (his film Little Shop of Horrors was completely filmed over two days and one night). His most famous films were a cycle of films that he made with Vincent Price based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe in the early 60s, including the cult classic The Masque of the Red Death.
But more important than his own films was his role as teacher in the lives of many of the greatest filmmakers who ever worked in Hollywood. His students and apprentices include Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Nicolas Roeg, Ron Howard, and James Cameron. He would also go on to produce many of their very first films, giving them a foot in the industry to become some of the most influential directors who ever lived.
So this blogathon, lasting from June 17-19, will be a celebration of the man who transformed Hollywood with the power of highly stylized B-movies.
Anyone can participate. The Classic Movie Blog Association has graciously agreed to advertise the blogathon. However, being a CMBA member is NOT a prerequisite for entry. Anyone who has a passion for film is welcome to join.
There will be four awards given out:
1) First Place Prize for Best Review/Article
2) Second Place Prize for Best Review/Article
3) Third Place Prize for Best Review/Article
4) Blogger's Choice Award for Best Article
The first three awards will be handed out by myself based on the inherent quality of the submitted articles. The fourth award will be decided based on votes from the participant bloggers. Each participating blogger will get one vote to be cast at the conclusion of the blogathon once every article has been posted. The articles and/or reviews can be in any form, be of any length, and be on any topic as long as it pertains to Roger Corman, his work, or work that he influenced.
Please note that I am only allowing one person to write for each film directed by Corman. Please contact me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your film. Films will be assigned based on a strict first-come, first serve basis.
Already several films have been claimed:
Frankenstein Unbound – Chris Michael
A Bucket of Blood - Ivan G Shreve Jr (http://www.thrillingdaysofyesteryear.blogspot.com)
The Day the World Ended – Stacia (http://www.shebloggedbynight.com/)
Five Guns West – Toby (fiftieswesterns.com)
The Intruder- Jack Lunt (http://jacklfilmreviews.blogspot.com/)
X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes- Team Bartilucci (http://doriantb.blogspot.com/)
The House of Usher- ClassicBecky
Tomb of Ligeia- Rick (Classic Film & TV Cafe)
Little Shop of Horrors- Page (My Love Of Old Hollywood)
The Masque of the Red Death- S.M. Rana (Onlyne)
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre-Tom (http://motionpicturegems.blogspot.com)
Tales of Terror- Jaime Grijalba (http://Exodus8-2.blogspot.com)
The Wild Angels- Ivan Lerner (http://ivanlandia1.blogspot.com/)
The Haunted Palace- Rachel (http://thegirlwiththewhiteparasol.blogspot.com/)
Boxcar Bertha- Michaël Parent (http://cinephiliaque.blogspot.com/)
The Raven- Michael Troutman (Jump_Raven)
Bloody Mama- John Greco (24 Frames)
Sorority Girl- Thomas Duke (Cinema Gonzo)
Creature From the Haunted Sea- (W.B. Kelso)
So hurry up and claim your film fast before they're all gone!
I'll post more updates as the date approaches!
Thank you, and good luck!!