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Will Cinema Survive?

Producers, Directors and Scriptwriters

Acclaimed producer James Schamus makes a stopover in Copenhagen, Wednesday February 14.th. on his way to the Berlinale.

We have invited him and producer Louise Vesth for a 1-day seminar to discuss the current challenges the cinema faces, working with emerging and established directors and what it takes to be a producer today.

10.00 – 10.30  Welcome and introduction by James Schamus
                           and Louise Vesth
10.30 – 12.15   Will Cinema Survive? A 45-minute historical
                           presentation followed by discussion about the current
                           challenges the cinema faces
12.15 – 13.15   Lunch
13.15 – 14.45   Career Q&A – working with emerging and established
14.45 – 15-15   Coffee/Tea
15.15 – 16.30   What makes a producer today?

James Schamus is an international acclaimed producer and writer. He was co-founder of Good Machine production company, and the CEO of Focus Features. He has a long collaboration with director Ang Lee and has been involved in films like Poison (Tod Haynes), Sense and Sensibility (Ang Lee), The Ice Storm (Ang Lee), Happiness (Todd Solondz), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee), Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee) among many.

James Schamus also teaches film history and theory at Columbia University

Louise Vesth graduated as a producer from The National Film School of Denmark in 2001 and shortly after started as producer at Zentropa.
Louise Vesth has produced films like Melancholia, En kongelig affære, Kvinden i buret, Nymphomaniac: Vol. I and II, Fasandræberne, Flaskepost fra P, Du forsvinder, The House That Jack Built among many.