Film Festival Fetes Jonah Hill, 'Saving Mr. Banks' Director

Parker Palm Springs brunch spotlights '10 Directors to Watch'

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If you haven't had a chance to see some of the recent releases, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is giving you a heads up on which ones to concentrate on.

John Lee Hancock, who directed Saving Mr. Banks, and actor Jonah Hill (Wolf of Wall Street) received the Variety Creative Impact Awards for directing and acting Jan. 5 at the Parker Palm Springs presented by Mercedes Benz.

The brunch also honored "10 Directors to Watch", including Amma Asante (“Belle”); Anthony Chen (“Iloy Ilo”); Paul Duane (“Very Extremely Dangerous”); Ben Falcone (“Tammy”); Maya Forbes (“Infinitely Polar Bear”); Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly (“Beneath the Harvest Sky”); Dome Karukoski (“Heart of a Lion”); Justin Simien (“Dear White People”); and Gren Wells (“The Road Within”).

Asante, Chen and Karukoski are having their films shown at the festival.

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