Aca­d­e­m­ic movie mogul

Focus Fea­tures make thought pro­vok­ing indie movies that often reach the main­stream. Head­ed by James Schamus, Focus has pro­duced suc­cess­ful films such as ‘Broke­back Moun­tain’ and has man­aged the mar­riage between art and com­merce in a tru­ly remark­able way, unlike many of its com­peti­tors who have fall­en by the way­side. Schamus brings togeth­er tal­ent­ed actors and direc­tors who might not ordi­nar­i­ly work togeth­er such as the Dutch pho­tog­ra­ph­er and music video auteur Anton Cor­bi­jn and actor George Clooney, to tell sto­ries that are a lit­tle bit left of cen­tre or in his own words “weird”. The New York Times takes up his sto­ry.