Steve Schwartz is the president of Chockstone Pictures.
Steve is a producer on the following movies:
ALL THE OLD KNIVES (2022)–Directed by Janus Metz, starring Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton, Jonathan Pryce and Laurence Fishburne, from the novel and script by Olen Steinhauer.
HOMELESS: THE SOUNDTRACK (2018)–Directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky. Documentary short premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, where it received a Special Jury Mention, and was awarded Best Short Film at the 2018 Nantucket Film Festival.
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.
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: GUN LOVE, based on the Jennifer Clement novel, to be directed by Julie Taymor; THE TRUTH AND OTHER LIES, based on the novel by Sascha Arango; THE KIND WORTH KILLING, based on the novel by Peter Swanson; STANLEY PEKE, based on a Jonathan Stone novel; and THE ANNIVERSARY, a dystopian drama, to be directed by Jan Komasa–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 elite mountain climbing–alongside producers Paula Mae Schwartz and Boris Schönfelder, to be directed by Andreas Prochaska; GORILLA MONSOON, an extreme-sports adventure movie, based on a story by John Long; and THE LAST OF THE TRIBE, an eco-thriller, alongside producers Ed Saxon and Paula Mae Schwartz, and writer-producer Mark Bailey.
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 CEO 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.