James Schamus

James Schamus
Professor of Professional Practice
514B Dodge Hall
 James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain), and former CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company whose films have included MilkEternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindThe PianistCoraline, and The Dallas Buyers Club. He is the author of Carl Theodor Dreyer's Gertrud: The Moving Word, published by the University of Washington Press, and is currently working on another book, My Wife is a Terrorist: Lessons in Storytelling from the Department of Homeland Security, for Harvard University Press. He recently directed the short documentary That Film About Money and is making his feature directorial debut with his adaptation of Philip Roth’s Indignation. He earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in English from U.C. Berkeley.

 
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2015
23 Fragments on the Future of Cinema / Filmmaker Magazine. Winter 2015.
 
That Film About Money and The Second Part of That Film About Money / Director, Writer, and Producer. Short documentaries for We the Economy, commissioned by Cinelan and Vulcan Productions.
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