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Corman pledges pix fund for UCLA students

Legendary helmer to help out student films

Roger Corman, who’s produced more than 550 films and directed 50 others, is getting into business at UCLA.

Through his company New Horizons, Corman’s agreed to provide production funding of $100,000 to one or more UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television students to produce a feature length motion picture.

Corman noted the alliance grew out his many years of work with Barbara Boyle, chair of UCLA’s Film, Television and Digital Media Dept.

“What we’re trying to do is re-create the same kind of opportunity that we provided in the ’60s and ’70s for young filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan Demme and Martin Scorsese just getting out of film school,” Corman told Daily Variety.

Corman produced “Dementia 13” with Coppola, “Boxcar Bertha” with Scorsese and “Caged Heat” with Demme.

The UCLA applicants must be nearing completion of the graduate MFA program in film directing and submit a proposal, consisting of a completed thesis film project and feature length screenplay. A faculty committee will forward appropriate projects for Corman’s final selection with Corman then allocating the $100,000 per project.

Corman has also pledged he’ll donate a third of the profits from the resulting films to the Dept. of Film, Television and Digital Media.

Corman is probably best known for making “Wild Angels” starring Peter Fonda, and “The Trip,” written by and starring Jack Nicholson. His autobiography, “How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime” was published in 1990.

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