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James Schamus

Professor of Professional Practice, Film, Columbia University School of the Arts

Governing Board Member, SOF/Heyman, Columbia University (2018–2021)

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James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm), producer (Brokeback Mountain), director (Indignation), and former CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company whose films have included Moonrise Kingdom, Milk, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Kids are All Right, The Pianist, Coraline, 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. He earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. His directorial debut, an adaptation of Philip Roth's Indignation, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Recent producing and executive producing credits include Casting JonBenet, A Prayer Before Dawn, Adam, and The Assistant.