Producer / Director, VITO
Jeffrey Schwarz is President and CEO of Automat Pictures, a leading producer of studio EPKs (electronic press kits), Blu-ray and DVD content, original TV programming and feature films. He has contributed to the success of dozens of major studio releases for directors such as Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Jonathan Demme, Ron Howard, Sam Mendes, Wes Craven, Rob Reiner, Joe Dante, Barry Sonnenfeld, Paul Verhoeven, John Carpenter, Chris Columbus and the Coen Brothers. His television productions include Starz’s Sex and the Cinema, In the Gutter, Hitchcocked! and Shooting the Police: Cops on Film, and IFC’s Reservoir Dogs Revisited and Still Swingin’. Automat Pictures provided exclusive backstage content for the 2010 Academy Awards, produced by Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic. In 2008, Jeffrey premiered the GayVN Award-winning feature documentary Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon, a portrait of adult film star Jack Wrangler. It is distributed by TLA Releasing and had its television debut on the LOGO network. Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, about the legendary Hollywood showman, won the 2007 AFI Fest Documentary Audience Award, among many other festival honors. It was released in 2009 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. He is currently in production on I Am Divine, an independent feature documentary about John Waters’ legendary muse. A New York native, Jeffrey attended SUNY Purchase’s film department. His first job in the film industry was as an apprentice editor on The Celluloid Closet, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s film adaptation of Vito Russo’s seminal book.