Director nod is a ShoWest collaboration


Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez will be honored as directors of the year at ShoWest, the annual film industry convention that will be held 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.

Since he established himself with 1992's "Reservoir Dogs," Tarantino has directed such films as "Pulp Fiction," "Jackie Brown" and the "Kill Bill" films. He also has directed episodes of such TV series as "ER" and "CSI," for which he earned an Emmy nomination. In addition, he has fostered the careers of younger filmmakers by executive producing movies such as Eli Roth's "Hostel," John Madden's "Killshot" and Katrina Bronson's "Daltry Calhoun."

Rodriguez's first film, "El Mariachi," won the audience award for best dramatic feature at the Sundance Film Festival in 1992. He went on to make such films as "Desperado," an episode of "Four Rooms," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," "Sin City" and the "Spy Kids" series.

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