In 1994, Schamus and Hope also produced the film version of the performance "Roy Cohn/Jack Smith," featuring Ron Vawter, directed by Jill Godmilow, and they executive produced "Safe."
Schamus has been involved in a wide variety of award-winning film projects, including four of the last five Grand Jury Prize Winners at Sundance: "The Brothers McMullen," by Edward Burns (1995, executive produced with Ted Hope); "What Happened Was...," by Tom Noonan (1994, executive producer with Ted Hope); Alexandre Rockwell's "In The Soup" (1992, associate producer); and "Poison," by Todd Haynes (1991, executive producer).
Schamus has also served as executive producer of Tom Kalin's "Swoon;" co-producer of Jan Oxenburg's "Thank You and Goodnight" for American Playhouse; co-producer of Dani Levy's "I Was on Mars;" co-producer of "Auf Wiedersehen, Amerika" by Jan Schutte; and producer of "The Golden Boat," a feature by Raul Ruiz. He is producer's representative for Christopher Munch's "The Hours and Times" and has produced short films for Hal Hartley, Claire Denis, Mark Pellington, Nicole Holofcener, and others.
Schamus is also the author of The Apparatus Guide to No-Budget Filmmaking and is an Assistant Professor of film theory and history at Columbia University. He has served as coordinating producer for fiction for the Independent Television Service (ITVS), where he developed and oversaw production of the acclaimed "TV Families" series, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Independent Video and Film.
In 1994, the IFP-West awarded Ted Hope and James Schamus the Brian Greenbaum Award for outstanding achievement in producing.