Brian Bell’s work as a film producer has crossed over many genres, alongside accomplished directors including Ang Lee, Todd Haynes, Jason Reitman, Nicholas Stoller, Phil Lord/Chris Miller, David Frankel, David Zucker, Michael Cuesta, Will Speck/Josh Gordon and Miguel Arteta.
Brian recently produced Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, directed by Ang Lee and starring Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart and Chris Tucker, which Columbia will release in November 2016, after premiering at NYFF as the Closing Night Film. The film will mark a historic achievement, dubbed “New Cinema” by Mr. Lee, the team explored a system of shooting 120 frames per second, with a 4K resolution and shot in native 3D for a never-before-seen, immersive movie theater experience.
Brian most recently completed Wonderstruck, directed by Todd Haynes, which Amazon/FilmNation will distribute in 2017. The film stars Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams in a tale scripted and adapted from the acclaimed novel of the same title, by Brian Selznick.
In 2008, Brian began working in the studio realm, producing Will Speck and Josh Gordon's The Switch starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman (Miramax wide release in 2010); Miguel Arteta's Cedar Rapids starring Ed Helms and John C. Reilly (Fox released wide in 2010); Jason Reitman's Young Adult starring Charlize Theron (Paramount released wide in 2011); David Frankel's Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell (Columbia released wide in 2012); Malcolm D. Lee and David Zucker's Scary Movie 5 (Weinstein released wide in 2013); Nicholas Stoller's Neighbors starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron (Universal #1 release in 2014); 22 Jump Street starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum (Columbia #1 release in 2014); and Jason Moore’s Sisters for Universal Pictures starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (Universal released wide in 2015).
Previously, Brian co-founded Notable Features and began producing independent films including Rebecca Miller's films: Personal Velocity (winner of the 2002 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Sprit Award's John Cassavetes Award) and The Ballad of Jack and Rose starring Daniel Day-Lewis; Lodge Kerrigan's Keane (winner of the 2005 Deauville Film Festival) and Michael Cuesta's Twelve and Holding, for which Brian was nominated for The Independent Sprit Award's John Cassavetes Award for producing in 2007.
After graduating from NYU, he spent three years overseeing the development and delivery of several critically acclaimed independent films, such as Michael Almeryda's Hamlet, The Sprecher's Thirteen Conversations About One Thing and Steven Shainberg's Secretary.
Currently Brian is preparing another Ang Lee film based on the legendary relationship between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Production is planned to begin in 2017 and will continue to build on the technology explored on Billy Lynn.
In 2014 and 2015 Schweitzer created the short documentary series Rhythm in Motion, profiling subway musicians in association with NYC’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority arts program, MTA Arts & Design. The Atlantic published the entire 10-part series. The episode Flor de Toloache was recognized with a Vimeo Staff Pick. Apple, Starbucks, AMEX, National Geographic, The New York Times, and JetBlue published episodes on their digital platforms. Spotlight Cinemas and IFC Films picked up the series to screen individual episodes before features at movie theaters nationwide.
Schweitzer is currently working with Amazon Studios in the creation of a 5-part short documentary series surrounding the making of and the underlying story pillars of Brian Selznick’s second novel, Wonderstruck. Todd Haynes is directing the feature film adaptation.
She is also at work on Extracurricular, a short documentary series that highlights compelling educational programs that New York City schools are implementing to enhance and transcend traditional, educational curricula. The film, Satellite Baby, world premiered at the 2015 DOC NYC film festival and was published with Aeon.com and The Atlantic.
She received a Producer nomination for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Twelve and Holding, directed by Michael Cuesta. Since 2000, she line produced numerous independent feature films including Sally Potter's Rage, Lodge Kerrigan's Keane, and Rebecca Miller's The Ballad of Jack and Rose and Personal Velocity. She was invited to participate in the Sundance Creative Producing Summit in 2010 with Magnificent Girl, a feature film on her development slate.
Schweitzer attended the Rhode Island School of Design before transferring and graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.