Steve Schwartz is the president of Chockstone Pictures.
Steve is a producer on the following movies:
SERENA (2014)–Directed by Susanne Bier, and starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
THE COUNSELOR (2013)–Directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt and Penelope Cruz.
THE HOST (2013)–Directed by Andrew Niccol, and starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, William Hurt and Diane Kruger.
KILLING THEM SOFTLY (2012)–Directed by Andrew Dominik, and starring Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn. KILLING THEM SOFTLY was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
THE ROAD (2009)–Directed by John Hillcoat, and starring Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce. THE ROAD was nominated for a Golden Lion at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.
Steve is a co-executive producer on:
THE TREE OF LIFE (2011)–Directed by Terrence Malick, and starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn. THE TREE OF LIFE won the Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Picture, 2012 Academy Awards.
Steve is an executive producer on:
THE DYING OF THE LIGHT (2015)–Written and directed by Paul Schrader, and starring Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin.
Steve’s projects in development include: THE TRUTH AND OTHER LIES, based on the novel by Sascha Arango; THE KIND WORTH KILLING, based on the novel by Peter Swanson; ALL THE OLD KNIVES, based on the spy thriller by Olen Steinhauer, to be directed by James Marsh; MARRIED SEX, based on the novel by Jesse Kornbluth, to be directed by Griffin Dunne; and WRONG MOVE, based on the Jonathan Stone novel–these to be produced alongside Nick Wechsler and Paula Mae Schwartz.
Also in development: WHITE OUT, based on a story by Reinhold Messner, set in the world of Himalayan mountain climbing; THE LAST OF THE TRIBE, to be directed by Yuval Adler, and produced alongside Paula Mae Schwartz, Dave Bartis, Ed Saxon and Doug Liman; and THE PHOENIX POINT, a sci-fi adventure movie, based on a story by John Long.
Steve and Paula Mae are also producing a documentary short—HOMELESS: A LOVE STORY—about a singer-songwriter who finds her birth father 30 years after the state took her away from him. She found him homeless. But she also discovered a musician, just like her. Directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky.
In theatre, Steve Schwartz was a producer of Deaf West Theatre’s musical revival of SPRING AWAKENING (2015) at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and a producer of the Broadway production at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (2015-2016).
The Broadway production garnered three Tony nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical; and four Drama Desk nominations, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical and Outstanding Choreography. The LA run won six Ovation Awards.
In 1990, together with his wife Paula Mae, Steve co-founded a technology marketing agency, which was named to the Inc 500 List of the fastest-growing private companies three times, and was acquired by Publicis.
Previously, he had been Jack Welch’s speechwriter at GE, as well as a software company executive.
Steve holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts (Writing Division). At Columbia, he studied with Anthony Burgess and Nadine Gordimer. Steve is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bowdoin College, where a building bears his name (the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center).
An avid climber, hiker and kayaker, Steve has served on the boards of the American Alpine Club, the Appalachian Mountain Club and Bowdoin College. He is currently on the Columbia University School of the Arts Advisory Council.