Frisco Film Festival to honor James Schamus

Fest will also screen Ang Lee's 'Ride with the Devil'

The 53rd annual San Francisco International Film Festival will present its Kabar Award for excellence in screenwriting to James Schamus, Focus Features CEO and co-founder, April 29 at its awards night at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.
The fest also plans to screen the new director's cut of Ang Lee's "Ride with the Devil," which Schamus wrote.

The award, named in honor of Maurice Kanbar, a longtime member of the board of directors of the San Francisco Film Society, will be presented by John Waters.

The Film Society's Youth Education program will be the beneficiary of the black-tie fundraiser, chaired by Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein and honorary chairs Penelope Wong and Timothy Kochis.

"The 2010 Kanbar Award highlights the writing accomplishments of a man with a uniquely multifaceted career as a writer, producer, executive and scholar," Rachel Rosen, SFFS director of programming, said. "We're pleased to be able to honor James Schamus, who appreciates, as does Maurice Kanbar, the essential role that screenwriting plays in the genesis of a great film."