SFIFF: James Schamus to Receive Screenwriting Award

I’ve just received a press release regarding the upcoming San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 – May 6). Frequent Ang Lee collaborator James Schamus will receive this year’s Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting.

In addition to writing or co-writing most of Lee’s films, Schamus also runs Focus Features, making him a art-house studio executive.

Expect a lot of laughs when he’s honored on stage. As I discovered the last time I heard him speak, Schamus can’t let a joke go by unsaid. John Waters will interview him on stage, presumably because the festival wanted someone who could match him joke for joke.

The event will include the West Coast premiere of the newly completed director’s cut of Ride with the Devil, a civil war drama adventure that’s probably the least well-known Schamus/Lee collaboration.