David O. Russell to be feted at Los Angeles Film Festival

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK director DAVID O. RUSSELL will be the toast of this year's (13) Los Angeles Film Festival as he is honored with the event's Spirit of Independence Award.

The prestigious accolade "recognizes an individual for his or her commitment to artistic independence" in cinema, with previous recipients including Charlize Theron and Clint Eastwood.

The filmmaker has also been appointed the festival's Guest Director, and will host a special screening of his 1999 movie Three Kings, starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.

Russell has also been invited to attend the 12th annual Filmmaker Retreat at George Lucas' northern California Skywalker Ranch, a gathering for directors involved in the L.A. festival.

The 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival is scheduled to run from 13-23 of June (13) in downtown L.A.

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