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James Schamus

Highest Rated:   100% Casting JonBenet (2017)
Lowest Rated:   12% Office Killer (1997)
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Since his initial efforts of the early '90s, independent film producer and screenwriter James Schamus has learned a lot about international culture through his frequent fruitful collaborations with celebrated film director Ang Lee. "I can order a beer in Chinese now," jokes Schamus "and not just by saying Tsing Tao. I can actually say 'beer' in Chinese." Multilingual restaurant beverage ordering jokes aside, Schamus has been a key component in the production of some of the most provocative and intriguing independent films of the '90s, often recognized for taking necessary risks to bring challenging stories by innovative filmmakers to the screen, as well as consistently forsaking conventional confines in favor of artistic freedom and vision.Take a look at any list of important independent films of the past decade and it's likely that Schamus' name will appear somewhere in the credits. Aside from his collaborations with Lee, Schamus has worked with such notorious filmmakers as Todd Haynes and Todd Solondz, often producing (through his Good Machine production company) fiercely defiant and shockingly compelling films that may otherwise have been lost in a sea of mediocrity and studios unwilling to take the needed risks in bringing these stories to light. Aside from his work with Solondz and Haynes, Schamus' most enduring cinematic relationship may lie with Lee, with whom he has collaborated as screenwriter on all of Lee's films except Sense and Sensibility (on which Schamus served as co-producer). Schamus' keen ability to capture the complex emotional intricacies of characters in difficult situations has been a driving factor in the success of his scripting of Lee's films, including The Ice Storm (1997), Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), and the phenomenally successful Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), which was produced by Good Machine and earned Schamus Oscar nominations for Best Music (Song) for his lyrics to the film's "A Love Before Time" and Best Adapted Screenplay (along with co-writers Wang Hui Ling and Kuo Jung Tsai). Not speaking the Mandarin language in which the film is presented, or in which the original novel was written, Schamus describes the experience of writing the film as both rewarding and nerve-wracking. "It was weird because on the one hand, I was writing an original screenplay because I didn't know the novel...And on the other hand, I knew that I had to maintain fidelity to something I didn't know."

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
41% Alone in Berlin
  • Producer
$0.1M 2017
100% Casting JonBenet
  • Producer
2017
82% Indignation
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$3.4M 2016
73% Suffragette
  • Executive Producer
$7.2M 2015
47% Taking Woodstock
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$7.4M 2009
72% Lust, Caution
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$4.7M 2007
87% Brokeback Mountain
  • Producer
$83.0M 2005
61% Hulk
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$132.2M 2003
72% Auto Focus
  • Executive Producer
$1.9M 2002
97% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
2001
73% Buffalo Soldiers
  • Executive Producer
2001
63% Ride With the Devil
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1999
40% Lola and Bilidikid (Lola and Billy the Kid) (Lola + Bilidikid)
  • Producer
1999
86% The Lifestyle
  • Executive Producer
1999
85% Happiness
  • Executive Producer
1998
12% Office Killer
  • Executive Producer
1997
84% The Ice Storm
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1997
60% The Myth of Fingerprints
  • Executive Producer
1997
No Score Yet Wonderland
  • Executive Producer
1997
61% She's the One
  • Producer
1996
86% Walking and Talking
  • Producer
1996
No Score Yet What's Underground About Marshmallows: Ron Vawter Performs Jack Smith
  • Producer
1996
98% Sense and Sensibility
  • Producer
1995
91% The Brothers McMullen
  • Executive Producer
1995
85% Safe
  • Executive Producer
1995
No Score Yet Tui shou (Pushing Hands)
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1995
No Score Yet Terminal USA
  • Producer
1995
93% Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu)
  • Screenwriter
1994
90% What Happened Was...
  • Executive Producer
1994
96% The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan)
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1993
90% Simple Men
  • Producer
1992
76% Poison
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1991
63% Swoon
  • Executive Producer
1991
No Score Yet Thank You and Goodnight!
  • Producer
1991
No Score Yet The Golden Boat
  • Producer
1990

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