News in 2012

Variety to Honor David O. Russell and "10 Directors to Watch"
12/31/2012
2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival
2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival

VARIETY TO HONOR DAVID O. RUSSELL AND
“10 DIRECTORS TO WATCH” AT 2013 PALM SPRINGS
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


Russell to Receive the Variety Indie Impact Award, presented by Mercedes-Benz, at Festival


LOS ANGELES, CA (December 31, 2012) – Varietywill present director David O. Russell with theIndie Impact Award, presented by Mercedes-Benz,which celebrates the filmmaker for his outstanding contributions to the art and business of cinema.  The event will take place on Sunday, January 6 during the Palm Springs International Film Festival on the Palm Court at the Parker Palm Springs.


“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,” said Steve Gaydos, Executive Editor at Variety.  “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.  And hit films like ‘Three Kings’ and ‘The Fighter’ have also demonstrated this gifted filmmaker's tremendous and powerful social conscience that is never far from the center of action in his films.”


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


“Silver Linings Playbook” will also be honored the evening before at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala where Bradley Cooper will be presented with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor.


“10 Directors to Watch”


“10 Directors to Watch” debuted in 1996 and the annual event moved to the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2011.  “10 Directors to Watch” was the first of Variety’s “10 to Watch” series spotlighting the most exciting new talents in the fields of directing, writing, producing, acting, cinematography and comedy.  This year’s “10 Directors to Watch” include: Haifaa Al-Mansour (“Wadjda”); Wayne Blair (‘The Sapphires”); John Krokidas (“Kill Your Darlings”); Tobias Lindholm (“A Hijacking”); David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”); Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (“21 and Over”); Andres Muscietti (“Mama”); David Ondricek (“In the Shadow”);  Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg (“Kon-Tiki”); and Rebecca Thomas (“Electrick Children”). Five of the films including “Electrick Children,” “A Hijacking,” “In the Shadow,” “Kon-Tiki” and “The Sapphires” will be shown at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. 


Past “10 Directors to Watch” honorees have included Ben Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone”), Wes Anderson (“Bottle Rocket”), Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”), Marc Webb (“500 Days of Summer”), Catherine Hardwicke (“Thirteen”), Christopher Nolan (“Memento”) and Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”), among others.


“What better way to start the new year of cinema than by celebrating 10 dynamic new filmmaking voices at the prestigious Palm Springs International Film Festival,” Gaydos noted.  “It's an exciting meeting place for international and independent filmmakers and the Festival provides a brilliant showcase for Variety to alert the world to these future maestros.”


Palm Springs International Film Festival Director Darryl Macdonald stated, “Ten striking new talents with exceptional storytelling gifts, and one supremely innovative, established filmmaker who seems to reinvent every genre he chooses to work in.  This is a heady combination, and one that I hope reflects the mix of emerging directors and masters of the craft that the Palm Springs Festival lineup itself has come to represent.  We're delighted to be hosting Variety's ‘10 Directors to Watch’ event at the Festival, and congratulate all of the winners on being selected for these prestigious honors.”


"Variety's ‘Ten Directors to Watch’ and Indie Impact Awards Brunch has become the hot ticket on the opening weekend,” said Festival Artistic Director Helen du Toit.  “We are doubly delighted as it syncs so beautifully with our own ongoing commitment to showcase the best of new international talent.”


The event will be presented by Mercedes-Benz with premier sponsor Indian Country Today Media Network and venue partner the Parker Palm Springs.


About Variety
Variety is the leading publication for entertainment news, recognized and respected throughout the world of show business. The Variety Group – Daily Variety, Daily Variety Gotham, Weekly Variety and Variety.com – are all owned by Reed Business Information (RBI), the largest business publisher in the U.S.  RBI is a member of the Reed Elsevier Group plc (NYSE: RUK and ENL).


About The Palm Springs International Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries.  The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Danny Boyle, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet.


The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Title Sponsor, the City of Palm Springs, which is celebrating its 75 year anniversary in 2013.  Presenting Sponsors are Spencer’s, The Desert Sun and Entertainment Tonight and Wells Fargo.  Major sponsors are Regal Entertainment Group, Bank of America, Wintec, Wessman Development, Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, Panavision, Chihuly, Ocean Properties Development Corp., Integrated Wealth Management, Guthy-Renker, Raymond Lawrence, Windermere Real Estate, Innovative Skincare, Desert Regional Medical Center and Telefilm Canada.  Official Airlines are Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines.  The Festival’s Awards Gala is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.


For more information, call 760-322-2930 or 800-898-7256 or visit www.psfilmfest.org.


About Mercedes-Benz USA
Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse line-up in the luxury segment with 14 model lines ranging from the sporty C-Class to the flagship S-Class sedans and the SLS AMG supercar.


MBUSA is also responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans and smart in the US. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com, www.mbsprinterusa.com and www.smartusa.com.


Accredited journalists can visit our media site at www.media.mbusa.com.


About Indian Country Today Media Network
Indian Country Today Media Network, LLC is an internationally-recognized multimedia platform, solely-owned by the Oneida Indian Nation of New York, comprised of IndianCountryTodayMediaNetwork.com, a full-service website, and This Week from Indian Country Today, a weekly magazine. Both deliver in-depth coverage of Native American News, world news, politics, business, gaming, finance, economic development, environmental issues, education, arts & entertainment, Native American culture, pow wows, health & wellness, travel, genealogy, First Nations of Canada, sports, and veterans’ issues. In addition to up-to-the-minute reporting by its team of national correspondents, IndianCountryTodayMediaNetwork.com is optimized for use on mobile devices and offers a vibrant news alert service, along with comprehensive listings of pow wows, scholarships, internships, tribal colleges, health tips, veterans resources, and job opportunities. It is augmented by a thriving social network, Datecatcher, the first Native American dating site powered by and partnered with Match.com, and MyDreamcatcher, the Custom Digital Solution, which includes a targeted multicultural digital platform.


About Parker Palm Springs
Situated on 13 lush acres, the Parker Palm Springs is an estate where luxury is fun.  Designed by Jonathan Adler, the property boasts 131 rooms, 12 villas and the 2 bedroom Gene Autry Residence.  There are 3 restaurants – Norma’s; mister parker’s, a dark and seductive French bistro; and the Lemonade Stand, perfect for an afternoon bite or cocktail.  The Palm Springs Yacht Club spa at over 18,000 sq. feet is well-known and a place to indulge in a treatment, take a yoga class or even lounge at the Deck.  Additionally, the hotel has 4 red clay tennis courts, grounds consisting of games such ascroquet and petanque, as well as outdoor firepits and fountains.
4200 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264.


(760) 770-5000.  www.theparkerpalmsprings.com.


 
About The Palm Springs International Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries.  The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Danny Boyle, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet.


The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Title Sponsor, the City of Palm Springs.  Presenting Sponsors are Spencer’s, The Desert Sun, Entertainment Tonight, Wells Fargo, Regal Entertainment Group, Bank of America and Wintec. Major sponsors are Panavision, Ocean Properties Development, Raymond|Lawrence, Chihuly, Telefilm Canada.  The Festival’s Awards Gala is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.


For more information, call 760-322-2930 or 800-898-7256 or visit www.psfilmfest.org.


Contacts
Steven Wilson / Lauren Peteroy
B|W|R Public Relations
212-901-3920
steven.wilson@bwr-ny.com / lauren.peteroy@bwr-ny.com


David Lee
Palm Springs International Film Festival
760.322.2930
david@psfilmfest.org