Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. He rose to fame in the early 1990s as an independent filmmaker whose films used nonlinear storylines and aestheticization of violence. His films have earned him Academy, BAFTA and Palme d'Or Awards and he has been nominated for Emmy and Grammy Awards. In 2007, Total Film named him the 12th greatest director of all-time.
Tarantino is currently filming Inglourious Basterds, a World War II movie planned to be released at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2009.