Director nod is a ShoWest collaboration

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Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez will be honored as directors of the year at ShoWest, the annual film industry convention set for Monday-Thursday at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.

Frequent collaborators, Tarantino and Rodriguez each directed half of the new film "Grindhouse," which Dimension Films will release April 6.

"Their collaborations in the past, including 'From Dusk Till Dawn,' 'Four Rooms,' 'Sin City' and now the eagerly anticipated 'Grindhouse,' show what can happen when you put two remarkable filmmakers together," ShoWest co-managing director Mitch Neuhauser said. "With their uncanny ability to take moviegoers to the very edge of reality, not to mention their seats, and with their unequaled dedication to storytelling, you get a movie experience unlike any other."

They will be presented with the award at the ShoWest closing night ceremony on Thursday.

In "Grindhouse," Tarantino and Rodriguez directed what will be packaged as two back-to-back features. Tarantino's "Death Proof" follows a psycho serial killer, while Rodriguez's "Planet Terror" focuses on a town ravaged by a mysterious plague.

ShoWest is managed by Nielsen Business Media, parent company of The Hollywood Reporter.
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