UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley



Can American Cinema be Saved? A Lecture by James Schamus

Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm

142 Dwinelle

Many people worry about the future of the cinema. I have discovered what the future of the cinema is. For one day only, I will share my knowledge of the future of cinema, but solely with those who attend my talk.


This event is free and open to the public.


James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm), producer (Brokeback Mountain), and former CEO of Focus Features (Dallas Buyers Club, Lost in Translation, Milk, The Pianist). His feature directorial debut, an adaptation of Philip Roth's Indignation, starring Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, and Tracy Letts, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival, and was released by Roadside Attractions. Schamus’s New York-based production company, Symbolic Exchange, produced Kitty Green’s acclaimed feature documentary, Casting JonBenet, which had its world premiere at Sundance and launched on Netflix, and Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s A Prayer Before Dawn, which premiered in Cannes and which will be released by A24 this year. Schamus is also Professor of Professional Practice in Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches film history and theory.