Focus Features CEO James Schamus will be honored with the Trailblazer Award at the 9th annual Woodstock Film Festival on October 4, 2008. "We are honored and delighted to be presenting James Schamus with the 2008 Trailblazer Award," said Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the festival, in a statement. "The award was created with the intention of honoring those who have taken an innovative and transforming approach in the film industry. Mr. Schamus surpasses those objectives." Schamus is also a celebrated screenwriter ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "The Ice Storm") and producer ("Brokeback Mountain"). His latest script, "Taking Woodstock," to be directed by longtime collaborator Ang Lee, begins shooting this month. "I'm touched to be receiving this honor from one of my very favorite film festivals - one that carries on the spirit of adventure and discovery that characterizes its hometown," said Schamus in a statement. During the day leading up to the evening ceremony, there will be an in-person discussion with Schamus at the Festival as well as a retrospective screening. [Peter Knegt]