Tarantino to get Ray-Ban Visionary Award


MUMBAI: Quentin Tarantino will be honored with the 2008 Ray-Ban Visionary Award, presented by Ray-Ban and The Creative Coalition on 20 January, 2008 in Park City, Utah, at 8pm in Harry O’s. The evening will conclude with a special musical performance by The Bravery.

The Ray-Ban Visionary Award in partnership with The Creative Coalition is in its 7th year and honours the work and dedication of an individual who possesses extraordinary passion, creativity and leadership, and whose work showcases vision, imagination and originality. Previous award winners include actors Aaron Eckhart, Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon, President of HBO Films Colin Callender and EVP/COO New Line Productions and President of Fine Line Features Mark Ordesky.

A visionary Oscar-winning screenwriter and Palme D’Or-winning director, Quentin Tarantino has distinguished himself as one of the industry’s finest and most original talents. Tarantino quickly rose to stardom with the 1992 Sundance debut of Reservoir Dogs and has since achieved legendary cult status with such films as Pulp Fiction, Grindhouse, Jackie Brown, and Kill Bill. Tarantino’s 1994 film Pulp Fiction premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the coveted Palme D’Or award and later went on to be nominated for multiple Academy Awards in 1995, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay — the latter with which Tarantino was awarded.


This year Ray-Ban and The Creative Coalition honors Quentin Tarantino as a writer, director, and producer. Tarantino has had an immense impact on the film and television industries. His scope of work includes guest directing the 2005 neo-noir film Sin City, producing such hits as Hostel and Hostel: Part II, and directing episodes of popular television series such as ER and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Not only did Tarantino serve as president of the 2004 Cannes Film Festival jury, he also has his own film festival, QT Fest, presented by the Austin Film Society.

American rock band, The Bravery will perform immediately following the awards ceremony. It originated in New York City and the sound is a combination of disco and synth rock. Their 2005 self-titled debut album reached the top twenty charts in the United States and top five in the United Kingdom. Their latest album, The Sun and the Moon, was released in 2007 to much critical acclaim and features the singles Believe and Time Won’t Let Me Go. The band has recently toured with Incubus and The Smashing Pumpkins.