David O. Russell

Oscar-nominated filmmaker David O. Russell has been named the Guest Director of the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival.  He'll also be receiving the Spirit of Independence Award at the festival.  Russell will attend the Filmmaker Retreat at the Skywalker Ranch and will talk about his work after a screening of his film "Three Kings."  Russell is currently shooting his new film "American Hustle," which is currently on hiatus during the Boston lockdown.

Other events announced today that will occur at this year's festival include Elvis Mitchell-hosted Master Class conversations and demonstrations with "Bridesmaids" actress Maya Rudolph and "Brokeback Mountain" composer Gustavo Santaolalla.  The festival will also host conversations with playwright David Mamet, magician Ricky Jay and "Z" filmmaker Costa-Gavras who will screen his latest film "Capital" at the fest.