Faculty Profile: James Schamus

James Schamus

Professor, Film


“Columbia undergraduates aren't afraid to ask the big questions. They want to know 'why' as well as 'what.' And those are the kinds of questions that are best answered through discussion, so it's always a challenge being in a classroom with them. ”


Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee James Schamus is both practitioner and academic. He teaches film history and theory, and is the former CEO of Focus Features. He has collaborated as screenwriter and producer with director Ang Lee on eleven films, including Brokeback Mountain.

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Film Theory I
  • Seeing Narrative