ShoWest fetes Van Peebles

Tony, Grammy nominee to receive int'l lifetime award

Melvin Van Peebles, who entered filmmaking after moving to France as a young man, will be honored with the international lifetime achievement award at ShoWest 2004.

Van Peebles’ early film “The Story of a Three-Day Pass” won the top prize as a French entry in the San Francisco Film Festival in 1967. Since then, he has seen success in additional feature projects such as “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song” (1971); on Broadway, where he has garnered 11 Tony noms as a writer and director; and in music as a three-time Grammy nominee.

“Melvin Van Peebles is a legend,” said Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of ShoWest. “His work has stood the test of time with his thought-provoking wit and intelligence.”

ShoWest runs Monday through Thursday at the Paris and Bally’s hotels in Las Vegas.

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