James Schamus

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James Schamus
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Schamus at the Monclair Film Festival, 2016
Born James Allan Schamus[1]
(1959-09-07) September 7, 1959 (age 62)[1]
Detroit, Michigan
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Occupation producer, screenwriter
Spouse(s) Nancy Jean Kricorian (2 children)

James Allan Schamus (born September 7, 1959) is an American award-winning screenwriter, co-founder of Good Machine production company, and the CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company, until its merging with FilmDistrict.

Life and career

Schamus was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Clarita (Gershowitz) Karlin and Julian John Schamus.[1] He is married to writer Nancy Kricorian, with whom he has two children.

His output includes writing or co-writing The Ice Storm, Eat, Drink, Man, Woman and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (all directed by Ang Lee), and producing Brokeback Mountain and the upcoming Alone in Berlin. At Focus he oversaw the production and distribution of Lost in Translation, Milk, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Coraline, The Kids Are All Right. He is Professor of Professional Practice in Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches film history and theory. He has also taught at Yale University and at Rutgers University. He is the author of Carl Theodor Dreyer's Gertrud: The Moving Word, published by the University of Washington Press. He earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in English from University of California, Berkeley.[2] His feature directorial debut, Indignation, an adaptation of Philip Roth's novel of the same name, had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Schamus also wrote the film, which stars Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, and Tracy Letts. It was acquired by Lionsgate/Summit for distribution in 2016.[3]

Schamus participates as a member of the Jury for the NYICFF, a local New York City Film Festival dedicated to screening films for children between the ages of 3 and 18.[4] He was president of the jury for the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.[5]

Awards and Nominations

Academy Awards

BAFTA Awards

Cannes Film Festival

Independent Spirit Awards

Golden Globes

Writers Guild of America Awards

Career Recognition and Honors



  • Taking Woodstock. New York: Newmarket Press, 2009. Screenplay and Introduction.
  • Carl Theodor Dryer’s Gertrud: The Moving Word. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008.
  • Lust, Caution. New York: Pantheon, 2007. Screenplay (with Wang Hui-Ling) and Introduction.
  • The Hulk. New York: Newmarket Press, 2003. Screenplay and Introduction.
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Portrait of the Ang Lee Film. New York: Newmarket Press, 2000. Screenplay (with Wang Hui-Ling) and Notes.
  • Ride With the Devil. London: Faber & Faber, 1999. Screenplay, Introduction, and Notes.
  • The Ice Storm. New York: Newmarket Press, 1997. Screenplay, Introduction, and Notes.
  • Two Films By Ang Lee: "Eat Drink Man Woman" and "The Wedding Banquet". New York: The Overlook Press, 1994. Introduction and Screenplays (with Ang Lee, Neal Peng, and Wang Hui-Ling).

Essays and Articles

Profiles and Interviews

Selected Film Credits


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  2. Cal Alumni Association
  3. "James Schamus Directorial Debut Indignation Acquired By Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2016-02-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "NYICFF Jury". Gkids.com. Retrieved 2012-03-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Berlinale 2014: International Jury". Berlinale. Retrieved 2013-12-31.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Festival de Cannes: The Ice Storm". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Germain, David (March 4, 2006). "'Brokeback' named best independent film". Associated Press (via USA Today). Retrieved April 19, 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Glaister, Dan (January 17, 2006). "'Brokeback Mountain rides high at the Globes'". The Guardian. Retrieved August 20, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "James Schamus to Receive 2014 Outfest Achievement Award". Outfest. Retrieved August 26, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Three Schools Honor Faculty, Staff and Public Figures". Columbia University. Retrieved August 20, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Indignation's IMDB profile
  12. New York Times article on this film series

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