James Schamus

Executive, Producer, Screenwriter
One of the major players of the American independent film scene in the early 1990s, James Schamus has gradually been moving toward the mainstream through a series of collaborations with Taiwanese director Ang Lee. The ... Read more »
Born: 09/06/1959 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Producer (40)

Homage By Assassination 2014 (Movie)

supervising producer (Producer)

Taking Woodstock 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lust, Caution 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Brokeback Mountain 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Buffalo Soldiers 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Hulk 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Auto Focus 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Lifestyle: Group Sex in the Suburbs 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lola and Bilidikid 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Love God 1999 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

Ride With the Devil 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Arresting Gena 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Happiness 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Office Killer 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Ice Storm 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Myth of Fingerprints 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Wonderland 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Greetings From Africa 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

She's The One 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Walking & Talking 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pushing Hands 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Roy Cohn/Jack Smith 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Safe 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sense and Sensibility 1995 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Brothers McMullen 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Eat Drink Man Woman 1994 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

What Happened Was... 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Wedding Banquet 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

In the Soup 1992 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Simple Men 1992 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Swoon 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Thank You and Good Night! 1992 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

I Was on Mars 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Poison 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Golden Boat 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ambition 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Angry 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Surviving Desire (TV Show)

Associate Producer
Writer (12)

The Moon and the Sun 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Taking Woodstock 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Lust, Caution 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hulk 2003 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Hulk 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tortilla Soup 2001 (Movie)

from original screenplay("Eat Drink Man Woman") (From Story)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ride With the Devil 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ice Storm 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pushing Hands 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eat Drink Man Woman 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wedding Banquet 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Production Management (8)

Bye Bye America 1994 (Movie)

(USA) (Line Producer)

Family Remains 1994 (Movie)

coordinating producer(ITVS) (Line Producer)

A Psychic Mom 1992 (Movie)

coordinating producer(ITVS) (Line Producer)

Dottie Gets Spanked 1992 (Movie)

coordinating producer(ITVS) (Line Producer)

Night Ride 1992 (Movie)

coordinating producer(ITVS) (Line Producer)

Terminal USA 1992 (Movie)

coordinating producer(ITVS) (Line Producer)

The Secret Life of Houses 1992 (Movie)

coordinating producer(ITVS) (Line Producer)

MOTV (My Own TV) (TV Show)

Line Producer
Actor (3)

Hulk: The Lowdown 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Artists and Entertainers 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor
Other (2)

Amateur 1995 (Movie)

electronic press kit writer/director (Other)

Pushing Hands 1995 (Movie)

scenes (Other)

Biography

One of the major players of the American independent film scene in the early 1990s, James Schamus has gradually been moving toward the mainstream through a series of collaborations with Taiwanese director Ang Lee. The California native, who is on faculty at Columbia University, entered the films as a producer on Raul Ruiz's short "The Golden Boat" (1990). He became involved with Apparatus, a production company founded by indie filmmakers Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes and Barry Elsworth and served as executive producer of Haynes' acclaimed "Poison" (1991). He and Vachon have collaborated on several acclaimed films including Tom Kalin's "Swoon" (1992), a retelling of the Leopold-Loeb murders, Haynes' "Safe" (1995). about a woman with allergic reactions to her environment, and "Office Killer" (1997), photographer Cindy Sherman's feature directorial debut.

Relationships

Nancy Kricorian

Wife

Djuna Schamus

Daughter

Nona Schamus

Daughter

EDUCATION

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley , California 1982

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley , California 1987

Hollywood High School

Hollywood , California

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley , California 2003
Wrote his dissertation on the Danish director, Carl Theodor Dreyer

Milestones

2009

Re-teamed with Lee to produce "Taking Woodstock"

2007

Produced Lee's "Lust, Caution"

2005

Re-teamed with director Ang Lee to produce "Brokeback Mountain"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture

2003

Produced and co-wrote the script for Ang Lee's feature adaptation of "Hulk"

2001

Produced "Buffalo Soldiers," starring Joaquin Phoenix and Ed Harris as US soldiers stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin wall

2000

Contributed to the script for Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"; earned Best Screenplay and Best Song Oscar nominations

1997

Co-produced "The Ice Storm" with Ted Hope and Ang Lee; also scripted

1996

Served as a producer of Burns' second film, "She's the One"

1995

Was an executive producer on Todd Haynes' acclaimed film, "Safe"

1995

Was one of the co-producers of Ang Lee's Oscar-nominated adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility"

1995

Executive produced Edward Burns' feature debut, "The Brothers McMullen"

1994

Re-teamed with Lee for "Eat Drink Man Woman"; served as associate producer and co-writer

1993

Produced and co-wrote Lee's "The Wedding Banquet"

1993

Through ITVS, was coordinating producer of Todd Haynes' acclaimed short, "Dottie Gets Spanked"

1992

Served as executive producer of Tom Kalin's "Swoon"

1992

Co-produced Hartley's "Simple Men"

1992

First collaboration with Ang Lee; "Pushing Hands"

1991

Initial producing collaboration with Hal Hartley, "Ambition"

1991

With Hope, founded the production company, Good Machine in January

1991

First collaboration with Todd Haynes, "Poison"; served as executive producer; film produced by Vachon

1990

First producing credit, "The Golden Boat"; directed by Raul Ruiz

1988

Co-founded the Independent Television Service (ITVS); also served as coordinating producer for fiction

Met Ted Hope while both were working as script readers at New Line

Became involved with Aparatus, a production company founded by Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes and Barry Elsworth

Bonus Trivia

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On working in independent films: "For people like me, as long as you've got a day job and you're already broke, it's not that risky. But I tell potential investors that they're out of their minds for even talking to me, because they probably won't get their money back." - Schamus quoted in The New York Times, Feb. 29, 1994

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