Damon, Russell, Skoll to receive indie honors
Matt Damon, David O. Russell and Jeff Skoll have been tapped for career tributes at IFP’s Gotham Independent Film Awards this year.The Gothams’ tributes — awarded last year to Charlize Theron, David Cronenberg, Gary Oldman and Tom Rothman — are handed out to major thesps, helmers and industry types with indie roots and an ongoing interest in independent film, the focus of IFP’s annual kudofest. Damon stars in Focus Features’ upcoming pic “Promised Land,” which reunites the actor with helmer Gus Van Sant following “Good Will Hunting,” “Finding Forrester” and “Gerry.” Writer-director Russell, whose pics including “The Fighter” and “Three Kings,” is part of the fall release sked with his latest, “Silver Linings Playbook,” starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Skoll is the founder of Participant Media, the indie production company and distributor that pairs its film producing (“Good Night, and Good Luck,” “The Visitor,” “The Help,” “Promised Land”) with social action and advocacy campaigns. The Gotham tributes will take place during an awards ceremony that also will see kudos handed out in seven competish cateogries. The 22nd annual awards are set for Nov. 26 at Cipriani Wall Street in downtown New York.