Oscar-nominated writer-director David O. Russell ("The Fighter," "Silver Linings Playbook") has been named guest director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, organizers announced Friday. The festival takes place June 13-23 in downtown Los Angeles.
Russell also is this year's recipient of the Spirit of Independence Award, which recognizes an individual for their commitment to the artistic independence in film.
As guest director, Russell will host a special screening of his 1999 film "Three Kings" and discuss his work as a filmmaker. Past guest directors include Kathryn Bigelow, William Friedkin and Guillermo Del Toro.
Also returning to the festival, which is presented by Film Independent, is the Master Class series. Film Independent at LACMA curator Elvis Mitchell is scheduled to conduct a master class with actress Maya Rudolph ("Bridesmaids," "Away We Go") and composer Gustavo Santaolalla ("Brokeback Mountain").