Ten Producers to Watch 2016
by VARIETY STAFF
The founder of Relic Pictures, a film development, production, and finance company,Schultz served as producer or executive producer on 10 films in the past three years, including three award winners at Tribeca 2016: "Here Alone," "Dean," and "The Fixer." Other Schultz-produced films include "Mr. Pig," "The Preppie Connection," and "The Heart Machine." "We make low-budget indies that are emotionally driven, often with first-time directors," says Schultz, who also produced 2015's "James White" and Wayne Robert's directorial debut, "Katie Says Goodbye," a drama that premiered in Toronto.
He worked for five years at Barclay's Capital. "That background in finance helped provide structure for the way we make our films efficiently. The philosophy was to bridge the gap between the roles of finance producers and the creative ones, so it didn't feel like the financial side is driving decisions."
Schultz just wrapped "The Strange Ones," a thriller from directing team Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff slated for a 2017 release, and is developing "a sci-fi project that's mor 'Twilight Zone' than '2001: A Space Odyssey,' and a mystery. "The biggest challenge is creating the right team around a project, and the right culture, as filmmaking is a team sport."