It seems like every week I've heard about a different fake trailer to be included in Grindhouse, the homage to Seventies exploitation films co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. The filmmakers are trying to reproduce a "grindhouse theater" experience (thus the title) and want to include entertaining trailers for nonexistent films in that genre. Trailers for movies like Werewolf Women of the SS are being directed by Rob Zombie, Eli Roth and maybe even Edgar Wright. Danny Trejo is supposed to be in one of the trailers, although I'm not sure which.

Now Rodriguez has teamed up with SXSW to invite all of us to make our own fake trailers for grindhouse movies. You can make and submit a grindhouse trailer to SXSW by February 12, and Rodriguez will select the best one to show during a presentation during the SXSW film festival called "Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse 101." (Please, please, don't let this session be at the same time as the horror panel Scott Weinberg is on.) If you want a lot of grindhouse-loving film geeks and Rodriguez fans watching a short you made -- not to mention the director screening your film himself -- now's your chance.

For those of us who like watching films more than making them, this contest brings up another interesting point. If SXSW is helping to generate this much interest in Grindhouse, will the movie play during the film festival, either as a lavish premiere or as a super-secret surprise like last year's A Scanner Darkly screening? I can't wait to find out. (Too bad Austin weather in March is too unpredictable for an outdoor drive-in-style screening ... that would be ideal.)