Late Oscar-winning director Robert Altman will be honoured during two memorial services over the coming weeks - and is also receive a special award at the Independent Spirit ceremony later this month (FEB07).
A service will be held on Tuesday (20FEB07) at New York City's majestic theater, while a second tribute is being planned for 4 March (07) at the Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles.
Speakers in New York will include Kevin Kline, Julianne Moore, Tim Robbins and Lily Tomlin.
Altman, who died on in November (06) at 81, will receive an honorary award at the Independent Spirit Awards ceremony on 24 February (07).
In addition, the awards committee has also created an award in the director's name for a film's director and ensemble cast, which will be given for the first time next year (08)