Academy Award–nominated filmmaker David O. Russell will be at the International Bipolar Foundation's (IBPF) fifth-annual gala fundraiser this Saturday night to accept their Hope Award.
IBPF will host “Behind the Mask: Phantom of the Opera Gala” from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel.
Russell, writer-director of Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, will be honored with the award “for his efforts to erase the stigma of mental illness, improve access to treatment, and instill hope in families, communities, and the nation.”
Silver Linings Playbook tells the story of a man with bipolar disorder following his release from a psychiatric hospital. The film was pivotal in expanding public awareness of the illness. Russell himself has an adult son with a mood disorder.
Proceeds from the event will benefit programs and support services for people affected by bipolar disorder. Proceeds also will fund public education programs to increase awareness and knowledge of bipolar disorders. “The theme for the gala was selected because we’re inviting the public to help us remove the mask,” said Muffy Walker, IBPF founder and president.
Tickets for the black-tie event are $325 per person. For more information, visit www.ibpf.org.