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James Schamus To Be Celebrated At FilmColumbia

James Schamus

If you are the kind of person who loves independent movies, in many ways you have James Schamus to thank. Schamus, a writer, producer and director, ran Focus Features for a dozen years, working on titles like “Lost in Translation,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” and the locally-shot “Taking Woodstock.” He made his feature directorial debut with the recent adaptation of Philip Roth’s “Indignation,” and also teaches film at Columbia University.

Schamus is being honored at this year’sFilmColumbia festival, where several of his movies will be screened, and he’ll take part in a Q and A with Peter Biskind after a screening of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” on Saturday at 2:30 at the Crandell.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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