Jim Taylor (writer)
|Born||1962 (age 54–55)
|Education||Pomona College ('84)|
|Alma mater||NYU (MFA '96)|
Jim Taylor (born 1963 in Seattle, Washington) is an American producer and screenwriter who has often collaborated on projects with Alexander Payne. The two are business partners in the Santa Monica based Ad Hominem Enterprises, and are credited as co-writers of six films released between 1996 and 2007: Citizen Ruth (1996), Election (1999), Jurassic Park III (2001, with Peter Buchman), About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004), and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007, with Barry Fanaro and Lew Gallo). His credits as a producer include films such as Cedar Rapids and The Descendants.
|“||I felt like I was too young, and I didn’t have anything to make movies about. So very specifically, I went to Pomona to get a liberal arts education and not do filmmaking, even though I knew that was what I ultimately wanted to do.||”|
|— Taylor, in a 2005 interview for Pomona College Magazine|
Taylor began working for Cannon Films in 1987. After visiting China on an Avery Foundation grant, Taylor returned to L.A. and spent three years working with Ivan Passer; he also worked for Devon Foster, a director at HBO, as Foster's assistant.
Taylor met Payne while working temporary jobs in Los Angeles, eventually moving in with him for financial reasons. While roommates the two wrote short films and started writing Citizen Ruth. After winning money on the game show Wheel of Fortune, Taylor entered Tisch School of the Arts at the age of 30. He and Payne did further rewrites on Citizen Ruth while Taylor was a graduate student; the film got made during his third year there. Taylor received an M.F.A. in Filmmaking from New York University in 1996.
Awards and nominations
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Taylor has received numerous awards and nominations, all shared with Alexander Payne and almost all for his work on Sideways:
- "Rite of Passage". Pomona College Magazine (Vol. 41, No. 2). Pomona College. Spring 2005. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
- "Kanbar Institute Alumni Awarded Oscars". Tisch School of the Arts. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
- "Jim Taylor (Co-screenwriter)". sideways-movie.com. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
- Christian Divine. "About Schmidt: Uneasy Rider". christiandivine.com. Retrieved 2010-08-06.