James Schamus Net Worth

James Schamus Net Worth is
$1.5 Million

James Schamus Bio/Wiki, Net Worth, Married 2018

James Schamus is an American award-winning screenwriter, co-founder of Good Machine production company, and the CEO of Focus Features until its merging with FilmDistrict, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company. His output includes as screenwriter The Ice Storm, Eat, Drink, Man, Woman and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (all directed by Ang Lee), and as producer Brokeback Mountain, Lost in Translation, Milk, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Pianist, Coraline, The Kids Are All Right, and the upcoming The Moon and the Sun. 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.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. He was president of the jury for the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
IMDB Wikipedia

Date Of BirthSeptember 7, 1959
Place Of BirthDetroit, Michigan, USA
ProfessionProducer, Writer, Director
SpouseNancy Jean Kricorian
Star SignVirgo
1[on Focus Features] - Focus has a very specific place in film's cultural landscape. It's a place where voices from outside the mainstream speak, but they're speaking face-forward to the rest of the culture. Our zone is very specific. You take really original voices, but you're speaking the language that a lot of people can understand. My own taste often veers into the most obscure and heavily avant-garde around; I find that those films are to me inspirational and important and it's important that folks like me in the business engage and think and cherish avant-garde film.
2... where I sit, and where Focus sits, is in a very different place, taking artists like Gus Van Sant, who will never lose their independent streak, but when they're making a movie here are speaking a cinematic language that can be understood by an audience that will be interested. It doesn't have to be a mass audience. The line I use is, "The only way you know it's a Focus movie is if the vast majority of humanity is going to hate it!"
3[on dealing with failure at Focus Features] - ... We have our post-mortems, (but) I think it's often a big mistake to have them (quickly). I'd rather wait through the video release. Then people have real perspectives. Everyone at the company is invited and we talk about the challenges, how they were met, how they were not met, and what you learned. People are extremely honest, and everyone is listened to. It's part of the culture of the company. We really want to learn from each other and learn from our mistakes. But one of my mottoes is, "Don't learn too much from your mistakes in this business."
4[on how he writes] - Basically, wherever, whenever and however. I can write by getting up early or staying up late or going to the country and taking a day off. "Lust, Caution" I wrote literally between meetings at Cannes.
5[on if being busy affects the quality of his work] - It sure can, sometimes. For me, most of the work is done taking walks, or looking out the window, or sitting on the subway. Before I put finger to keyboard, you have to have that reverie and freedom. If you're too crowded, if there's too much stress, too much going on, it can have a negative impact. On the other had, there's truth to that phrase, if you want something done, ask the busiest person you know. When you get in a groove, it's actually incredibly fun to be able to literally swivel the chair around and just go, "Wow, it's happening, I can feel it!" But in general, I try to hide.
6I make as many bad movies as a big studio. But when they make a bad movie they spend forty to sixty million telling everyone about it. When I make a bad one, it gets a round of applause at a film festival.
1Has the distinction as a producer for three films, all with gay theme/content, which have received Oscar nominations for Best Picture: Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Milk (2008) and Brokeback Mountain (2005).
2Currently Associate Professor at Columbia University, New York, New York. [May 2003]
3He attended Kosmorama, Trondeim International Filmfestival, in 2006 with his movie "Brokeback Mountain".
4Was an exchange student in Trondheim, Norway.
5Co-President of Focus Features, the arthouse offshoot of Universal Pictures.
6Partner in Good Machine, an indie-film company, with friends Ted Hope and David Linde. Bought by Universal Pictures and merged into a new division of the studio called Focus, June 2002.
7Winner of NBC Screenwriter's Tribute from Nantucket Film Festival, in Mass., June, 2002


Thrilla in Manila2018executive producer / producer pre-production
A Prayer Before Dawn2016Executive Producer / executive producer post-production
Casting JonBenet2017Documentary producer
Dayveon2017executive producer
Alone in Berlin2016producer
Junction 482016executive producer
Suffragette2015executive producer
That Film About Money2014Short producer
We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss2014Documentary producer - segment "That Film About Money"
Peace, Love and Cinema2009Documentary short co-producer - uncredited
Taking Woodstock2009producer
Lust, Caution2007executive producer
Brokeback Mountain2005producer
Auto Focus2002executive producer
Buffalo Soldiers2001executive producer
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon2000executive producer
Ride with the Devil1999/Iproducer
The Lifestyle1999Documentary executive producer
Lola and Billy the Kid1999executive producer
Happiness1998executive producer
Wonderland1997Documentary executive producer
Love God1997executive producer
The Sticky Fingers of Time1997executive producer
The Myth of Fingerprints1997executive producer
Office Killer1997executive producer
The Ice Storm1997producer
Arresting Gena1997executive producer
She's the One1996producer
Walking and Talking1996producer
Sense and Sensibility1995co-producer
Safe1995executive producer
The Brothers McMullen1995executive producer
Roy Cohn/Jack Smith1994producer
Eat Drink Man Woman1994associate producer
What Happened Was...1994executive producer
Dottie Gets Spanked1993TV Short coordinating producer
Terminal USA1993executive producer
A Psychic Mom1993coordinating producer
The Wedding Banquet1993producer
Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier1992Documentary executive producer
Tui shou1992executive producer
Surviving Desire1992associate producer
In the Soup1992associate producer
Swoon1992executive producer
Ambition1991/IIShort producer
Chicken Delight1991Short producer
Thank You and Good Night1991Documentary producer
I Was on Mars1991line producer
Poison1991executive producer
The Golden Boat1990producer


The King's Daughter2017completed
Indignation2016written for the screen by
That Film About Money2014Short writer
Taking Woodstock2009screenplay
Lust, Caution2007screenplay
Hulk2003screenplay / story
Tortilla Soup2001earlier screenplay
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon2000screenplay
Ride with the Devil1999/Iscreenplay
The Ice Storm1997
Eat Drink Man Woman1994
The Wedding Banquet1993writer
Tui shou1992


That Film About Money2014Short
The Crouching Tiger Concerto2000Short


Indignation2016lyrics: "Is It Love"
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards2001TV Special writer: "A Love Before Time"
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon2000lyrics: "A Love Before Time"

Music Department

Lust, Caution2007lyricist
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon2000lyrics - english version: "A Love Before Time"


Keep It for Yourself1991Short


Our Kind of Traitor2016the producers wish to thank
Hollidaysburg2014special thanks
Omar2013special thanks
This Killing Business2013special thanks
Dirty Wars2013Documentary special thanks
Bébé(s)2010Documentary special thanks
Peace, Love and Cinema2009Documentary short thanks
Hulk2003Video Game special thanks
Sylvia2003special thanks
21 Grams2003special thanks
The Tao of Steve2000a multitude of thanks
Soloist1994Short thanks
The Dead Boys' Club1992Short special thanks


Film '722016TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
A Comedy of Remarriage: James Schamus on 'The Wedding Banquet'2016Video documentary shortHimself
That Film About Money2014ShortHimself / Narrator
Misfire: The Rise and Fall of the Shooting Gallery2013DocumentaryHimself
Lost Forever2011DocumentaryHimself
These Amazing Shadows2011DocumentaryHimself
Peace, Love and Cinema2009Documentary shortHimself
Tiles of Deception, Lurid Affections: The Making of 'Lust, Caution'2008Video shortHimself
Shootout2007TV SeriesHimself
A Groundbreaking Success: 'Brokeback Mountain'2007Video documentary short
Music from the Mountain2007Video documentary short
2006 Independent Spirit Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema2006DocumentaryHimself
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself - Winner: Best Motion Picture - Drama
Logo Movie Special: 'Brokeback Mountain'2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Hulk'2003Video documentary shortHimself
Evolution of the 'Hulk'2003Video shortHimself
The Incredible Ang Lee2003Video shortHimself
Der Filmemacher Ang Lee2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hulk: Behind the Scenes2003Video shortHimself
A Feast for the Eyes: Ang Lee in Taipei2001Video shortHimself
Charlie Rose1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Won Awards

2012Industry ToastHamptons International Film Festival
2010Tribute AwardGotham Awards
2008Iron Elephant AwardIron Elephant Film AwardsBest ScreenplaySe, jie (2007)
2008ShoWest/NATO Freedom of Expression AwardShoWest Convention, USA
2007Golden Horse AwardGolden Horse Film FestivalBest Adapted ScreenplaySe, jie (2007)
2006BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsMotion PictureBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest FeatureBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest PictureBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Motion PictureBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2003Richard B. Jablow AwardWriters Guild of America, USA
2002Screenwriters TributeNantucket Film Festival
2002Nebula AwardScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaBest ScriptWo hu cang long (2000)
2001Best Foreign Film AwardAustralian Film InstituteWo hu cang long (2000)
2001HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationWo hu cang long (2000)
2001Filmmaker on the Edge AwardProvincetown International Film Festival
1997CableACECableACE AwardsHistorical Documentary Special or SeriesWonderland (1997)
1997Best ScreenplayCannes Film FestivalThe Ice Storm (1997)
1996Producer AwardGotham Awards
1993Golden Horse AwardGolden Horse Film FestivalBest Feature FilmXi yan (1993)
1993Golden Horse AwardGolden Horse Film FestivalBest Original ScreenplayXi yan (1993)

Nominated Awards

2016Golden AthenaAthens International Film FestivalBest PictureIndignation (2016)
2016Best First Feature AwardBerlin International Film FestivalIndignation (2016)
2010Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest ScreenwriterTaking Woodstock (2009)
2008BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Film Not in the English LanguageSe, jie (2007)
2008Asian Film AwardAsian Film AwardsBest ScreenwriterSe, jie (2007)
2007Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedSe, jie (2007)
2006OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Motion Picture of the YearBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest FeatureBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2002GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual MediaWo hu cang long (2000)
2001OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or PublishedWo hu cang long (2000)
2001OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original SongWo hu cang long (2000)
2001BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - AdaptedWo hu cang long (2000)
2001Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingWo hu cang long (2000)
2001Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ScreenplayWo hu cang long (2000)
2001OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumWo hu cang long (2000)
2001WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or PublishedWo hu cang long (2000)
2000ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayWo hu cang long (2000)
2000Golden Horse AwardGolden Horse Film FestivalBest Adapted ScreenplayWo hu cang long (2000)
1999ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsScreenwriter of the YearThe Ice Storm (1997)
1998BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - AdaptedThe Ice Storm (1997)
1998Best Foreign Film AwardAustralian Film InstituteThe Ice Storm (1997)
1998OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumThe Ice Storm (1997)
1998Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedThe Ice Storm (1997)
1998WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or PublishedThe Ice Storm (1997)
1997ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayThe Ice Storm (1997)
1995Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest FeatureYin shi nan nu (1994)
1995Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest ScreenplayYin shi nan nu (1994)
1994Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest FeatureXi yan (1993)
1994Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest ScreenplayXi yan (1993)

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