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David O. Russell To Accept Indie Impact Award at Upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 31, 2012 at 1:19PM

Variety will present director David O. Russell with the Indie Impact Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 3-14), celebrating the "Silver Linings Playbook" filmmaker for his contributions to the art and business of cinema.
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David O. Russell will accept Variety's Indie Impact Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 3-14), celebrating the "Silver Linings Playbook" filmmaker for his contributions to the art and business of cinema.

Variety's executive editor Steve Gaydos states:

"Since he emerged as a wildly funny and extremely independent voice in American film nearly 20 years ago, writer-director David O. Russell has continued to delight and surprise fans of his unique cinematic vision. Along the way his comic touch has been reaffirmed in films like Flirting With Disaster and his current Oscar-contender, ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ but as is clear in ‘Playbook,’ there is always a deep truth beneath the laughs in a David O. Russell film."

Previous recipients of the Indie Impact Award include Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg.

Also at PSIFF, Variety will conduct its annual 10 Directors to Watch event, honoring a slew of filmmakers likely to land on the map in 2013. Check out this year's list of names here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.