Eric Schaeffer

Biography: Eric Schaeffer grew up in New York's Upper West Side. He loves his neighborhood and primarily sets his films there. He attended Bard College as a Drama and Dance major, and afterward began driving a NYC cab for nine years. During that time, he wrote 20 feature screenplays (2 of which he had optioned); wrote and directed two plays off-off Broadway and wrote an unpublished novel ("Wirey Spindell"). He also wrote for "America's Most Wanted" and wrote two cartoons for television, but was rejected from the AFI film school.
Undaunted, he decided to make his films by any means possible and enlisted the help of a friend, Donny Ward. Together they wrote, directed, produced and starred in "My Life's In Turnaround" with appearances by Phoebe Cates, Martha Plimpton, John Sayles and Casey Siemaszko. The movie was released in June 1994 and ultimately showed in 105 cities.
Eric partnered with producer Terence Michael for "If Lucy Fell", written and directed by Schaeffer. Together they
Eric Schaeffer grew up in New York's Upper West Side. He loves his neighborhood and primarily sets his films there. He attended Bard College as a Drama and Dance major, and afterward began driving a NYC cab for nine years. During that time, he wrote 20 feature screenplays (2 of which he had optioned); wrote and directed two plays off-off Broadway and wrote an unpublished novel ("Wirey Spindell"). He also wrote for "America's Most Wanted" and wrote two cartoons for television, but was rejected from the AFI film school.
Undaunted, he decided to make his films by any means possible and enlisted the help of a friend, Donny Ward. Together they wrote, directed, produced and starred in "My Life's In Turnaround" with appearances by Phoebe Cates, Martha Plimpton, John Sayles and Casey Siemaszko. The movie was released in June 1994 and ultimately showed in 105 cities.
Eric partnered with producer Terence Michael for "If Lucy Fell", written and directed by Schaeffer. Together they got Sarah Jessica Parker, Elle Macpherson and Ben Stiller to star in the film . Schaeffer also stars opposite Ms. Parker in the film, which was released in 1996.
"Fall", for which writer, director and actor Schaeffer paired once again with producer Terence Michael, was financed through independent means. The movie was released in 1997 and also stars Amanda De Cadenet.
Schaeffer wrote "Wirey Spindell" ten years prior to its release in 2000. The unpublished novel written by Shaeffer also has him in the starring role.
In 1999 Schaeffer starred opposite Jill Clayburgh and Jeffrey Tambor in the NBC sitcom "Everythings Relative". While the series was in production, Schaeffer asked Clayburgh and Tambor if they would star in a film he would write specifically for them. The result is "Never Again," which opened in 2002. "Never Again" is the first film in which Schaeffer did not act in the film.
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Eric Schaeffer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 36
Highest Metascore: 68 Boy Meets Girl
Lowest Metascore: 15 Wirey Spindell
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
5 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
68 Boy Meets Girl Feb 6, 2015 Director / Producer / Writer / Police Officer 6.7
19 After Fall, Winter Jan 27, 2012 Director / Producer / Writer / Cast 5.3
tbd They're Out of the Business Apr 6, 2011 Director / Producer / Writer / Splick tbd
46 Mind the Gap Sep 24, 2004 Director / Producer / Writer / Sam Blue 7.8
30 Never Again Jul 12, 2002 Director / Producer / Writer 2.2
15 Wirey Spindell Jan 21, 2000 Director / Writer / Wirey Spindell 5.2