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James Lowther


Encore International Film Group

Complaint Rating:  92 % with 71 votes
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Contact information:
Encore International Film Group
Santa Barbara, California
United States
Phone: (206) 600-2933
James (or Jay) Lowther has approached several film students at UC Santa Barbara requesting that they be part of a documentary he claims will be on Oprah's new TV network. He has offered no form of compensation for the work he wants done on the project aside from the promise of a credit on the work. While this promise, on its own, does not constitute a scam, the overall lack of information available on him or his company, and his insistence on equipment rented by others, appears to be a very shady operation.

Mr. Lowther's alleged company, Encore International Film Group, yields results from Xing.com (http://www.xing.com/profile/JAMES_LOWTHER), claiming that the business is looking for funding for an "International feature Documentary film and 11 film slate motion picture Hollywood deal package represented by the WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY and PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA."

Results also include several listings regarding the casting of SAG and non-SAG actresses and models, including a Blogspot which appears to be devoted to this cause (http://internationaltalentforhollywoodmovies.blogspot.com/), and which blatantly reposts a 7-page article by TheWrap.com's Ted Hope, entitled "38 More Ways the Film Industry Is Failing Today".

What's more, contact information regarding Encore International Film Group is practically never consistent.

On Mr. Lowther's Blogspot (address above), his email is given as encorefilmgroupinternational@gmail.com, and at GermanyJobs77.com it appears as encorefilmgroup@fastmail.us.

Phone numbers range from (206) 600-2933, to (805) 300-8717, and (805) 884-9863 on his Blogspot. In a posting at ipetitions.com: (805) 688-1115 or (310) 359-8446.

Skype IDs range from 'james.lowther2', to 'efigroup1', to 'ther2'.

In an October 24, 2010 posting on Santa Barbara Craigslist entitled "SERIOUS INVESTORS OF A HOLLYWOOD FEATURE MOVIE", Mr. Lowther writes:

"The upcoming Hollywood movie project, 'HOTEL CALIFORNIA.' according to the Writers Guild of America experts and film critics have said this the movie is on the same magnitude or higher than 'CITIZEN KANE' and the 'ENGLISH PATIENT' which was produced by Miramax Films that won nine (9) Oscar awards during 1996. "

Excessive grammatical errors aside, the film "Hotel California: Diaries, Secrets, and Scandals" appears nowhere on IMDb.com. Nor does James Lowther--for anything. A Google search of the film, as titled, yields just 2 results--Mr. Lowther's Blogspot and Craigslist post. So how exactly does a "film critic" write a review of an "upcoming Hollywood movie project" when it hasn't even been made yet?!

And even if this film is made (which I fully believe will never happen), who would EVER write something so horribly worded to entice people to invest in such an endeavor?! An excerpt, for instance, from Mr. Lowther's Craigslist post describes the film as such:

"Upon arrival in New York, the Russian family, the Gawzners had finally arrived to work and finally traveled to California to seek the American Dream in which the family purchased their family fortune, the Miramar Hotel known as Hotel California. Years later terrible tragedies occurred for the Gawzner family which still haunts the family today historically. James P. Gawzner is the only living Russian family member whom has gave account of a true, accurate and historical story to the Hollywood movie industry in which he has accomplished that at this moment. During the golden years of the hotel’s existence as racial tensions sweeping across the nation the Russian family hired an unique employee, Grover Cleveland Barnes whom an African-American revived the hotel in a major way as head bell man for 35 years. Mr. Barnes at 104 years old whom received an acknowledgement letter from President Obama for the Congressional Record of Honor."

Scam or not, Mr. Lowther's degree of professionalism is so low that it would truly make me rethink the film and media industry itself if somebody like Oprah would actually consider supporting this "project".

I can only hope that those who come in contact with Mr. Lowther on a professional level do a quick Google search of his name, find this article, and then use the information that I have gathered here to better assess whatever plans they intend on making with him.
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N  3rd of Jan, 2011 by    0 Votes
this guy just tried
N  3rd of Jan, 2011 by    +1 Votes
This guy just tried to hire me as a producer's assistant so i googled him. i found this article and another article when i typed in hai name plus the word fraud. here it is...firstcentralmortgagefundingfrauddeterrent.com/tag/accident - Cached
This guy pleaded guilty to insurance fraud.
I know this because when i was talking to him on the phone i asked his middle name which is edward. So i brought up the article and he responded that there are a lot of James Lowthers. He must think I'm an idiot because there cant be that many James Edward Lowthers in the area.
D  3rd of Jan, 2011 by    -2 Votes
Very Funny! I am not from Santa Ynez County and not responsible for insurance fraud. What does First Mortgage Funding has to do with me or the film industry?
N  3rd of Jan, 2011 by    +1 Votes
The article says formerly of santa ynez (close to santa barbara film dept.) has nothing to do with film industry. like you. just shows that u are a scammer.
D  3rd of Jan, 2011 by    -2 Votes
Never formerly part of Santa Ynez! It proves nothing of your foolish comment. The lawyer will think you are very foolish real soon. I don't scam! Experiencing harassment right now!
A  7th of Jan, 2011 by    +1 Votes
@radio rob: Thank you very much for this information!

I recently received a message from an individual who saw a Craigslist post of Mr. Lowther's, Googled the number he was given, and arrived at this ComplaintsBoard post. After further communication, he directed me to a resume on IMDb that appears to have been posted by Mr. Lowther after the creation of my complaint (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4196272/resume). The resume is, of course, riddled with bold claims lacking of evidence--a fact reiterated at the bottom of the resume with a statement from IMDb reading: "IMDb is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the contents of this page, which have been supplied by a third party and have not been screened or verified."

What I find interesting about this information, combined with what you discovered about this alleged insurance fraud, is that the address listed at the top of Mr. Lowther's IMDb resume is 3717 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard--the same street that appears in the article you provided--and the birth name given on this resume appears as "James E. Lowther."

A series of quotes from the article 'radio rob' discovered:
"James Edward Lowther of Santa Ynez pleaded guilty to insurance fraud. He committed his felony when he altered an official accident report. [...] Back in 2006, on February 20th, a traffic collision report was filed to the Thousand Oaks Police Department by James Edward Lowther. He reported that, on February 18th, he was on a sidewalk in front of a strip mall on Thousand Oaks Boulevard when he was struck by a car that was being driven by Julie Langenhorst. [...] Lowther then managed to obtain a copy of the police report and altered the report using a computer to make it appear that Langenhorst was in fact at fault for the accident. Lowther sent this forged report to Allstate and then sued Langenhorst in a small claims court for the personal injuries he received."

I've attached screenshots of these two pages, though I'm not sure if they will be resized.

A  7th of Jan, 2011 by    +1 Votes
Here is a link to a more official article on the Ventura District Attorney's website: http://da.countyofventura.org/10-037.htm
A  7th of Jan, 2011 by    +1 Votes
Also a few more interesting quotes from what appears to be Mr. Lowther's profile at BlackPlanet.com (http://www.blackplanet.com/jaylo1969/):

"At the moment I live outside of Santa Barbara area which is called Montecito. Only A 5 minute drive from my place to Oprah Winfrey's 22 acre estate villa!"

...Sounds like the right guy.

"Well me and Halle go a long wayz back in the dayz on Spike Lee?s film production set in Brooklyn. Meeting once again last year when she made history after winning an OSCAR as I we had reunion in Cannes for her MTV party last year. She gave me this pic of her to remind us of the good times we had in New York. Enough of Halle for now!"

...Really, Mr. Lowther? You claim to know Halle Berry...? Perhaps she could clear up all of this "harassment" for us then?

I'm sorry, but this just isn't the way a successful film executive acts. Posting ads on Craigslist, creating free Blogspots for films that supposedly have a budget of $37 million--it's ridiculous. Anybody can see that this guy is a complete fraud!

N  7th of Jan, 2011 by    +1 Votes
Looks like he's using another phone number as well...

[Source] http://santabarbara.craigslist.org/tfr/2132132458.html

"Hollywood producer is seeking a creative and professional screenplay writer for upcoming Hollywood movie project. Telephone: (805) 698 8084"

N  8th of Jan, 2011 by    -1 Votes
(805) 698 8084 is not the telephone number of Mr. Lowther as Mr. Lowther did not post the blog.
A  9th of Jan, 2011 by    0 Votes
Care to explain why the majority of the "PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY OF SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS" section of your IMDb resume is copied and pasted nearly word for word from JobBankUSA's "free sample resume" page? Skeptical? Check out these two pages:
http://www.jobbankusa.com/resumes/free_samples/examples_templates_formats/producer.html and http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4196272/resume

And why is it that you chose to plagiarize Ryan Isaac Spevack's biography (http://www.yournextproducer.com/biography.html)--merely replacing his name with your own in the "PERSONAL QUOTES" section of your IMDb "resume"?

Is it that you admire Ryan Spevack's work? Because I don't think that Mr. Spevack would appreciate you copying his achievements words for word and claiming them as your own, as you did in the "PRODUCER FILMOGRAPHY" section of your resume. Here's the link: http://www.yournextproducer.com/resumeweb.html. Look familiar?

Please, Mr. Lowther, have some respect for the film industry. None of the individuals that you are stealing material from got to where they are today by fraudulently riding the coattails of others--they did it through a degree of perseverance that I honestly can't imagine you being capable of.
N  9th of Jan, 2011 by    0 Votes
"I can FACTUALLY observe on the official California DMV traffic responsibility declaration document that every auto driver must complete in the state of California after an accident had occurred that Julie Langenhorst did visited the California DMV office as she falsified and on the document that "she was the walking pedestrian as she did not know who the auto driver was".
Are you kidding me?"

You have, by far, the worst grammar of any "prominent lawyer" I have ever encountered... Have you ever been introduced to the concept of a period or perhaps a run-on sentence? (That last one's a no-no) Seriously though, it's amazing how similar your writing style is to EFIG's. Did you two attend the same community college? I'll certainly look into it, but I'm pretty sure that impersonating an attorney is against the law to some degree. Haven't you had your fair share of run-ins with the law?

N  10th of Jan, 2011 by    0 Votes
A recent post of yours on Santa Barbara's Craigslist lists Mr. Lowther's contact email address as november3434@yahoo.com and his contact phone number as (206) 600-2933. This phone number has been used by Mr. Lowther in several other EFIG postings listed in my original complaint. The body of this Craigslist post (pictured below) reads:

"Hollywood producer is seeking a creative and professional screenplay writer for upcoming Hollywood movie project.
Telephone: (206) 600 2933"
[Source] http://santabarbara.craigslist.org/tfr/2116908766.html

Notice that the wording of this post is the exact same as the post above, in which the phone number (805) 698-8084 was given. I did not pull this number out of thin air, Mr. Lowther--it is from that posting. Compare the two posts yourself. Look familiar?

I would also like to point out a recent posting on Craigslist in the TV / Film / Video section that appears to be a response to Mr. Lowther's postings:

Title: "Hollywood"producer or screenwriter (?)
"As someone who has worked in all levels of "Hollywood" film production, I can tell you that NO professional would seek out producers or screenwriters on Craigslist. I don't know anything at all about the person posting the ads for a producer or a screenwriter, but the number of times I've seen the ads posted is indicative of how many times they've been flagged, I'd think. If you truly want a career in "Hollywood" talk to a reputable film company - and if you are a writer, get an agent! Use caution if you respond to these ads - seems like a huge scam!"
[Source] http://santabarbara.craigslist.org/tfr/2147022903.html

Clearly, Mr. Lowther, I am not the only one who feels that your postings on Craigslist are extremely unprofessional.

A  10th of Jan, 2011 by    +1 Votes
Also, could I please have the name and number of your law firm so that I may call you with my legal name and contact information for the lawsuit that you are threatening me with? That should save you the time of having to "find me" and would surely speed these legal proceedings along.
N  10th of Jan, 2011 by    0 Votes
After a bit of searching, it appears that the number placed into Mr. Lowther's ad on Craigslist [805-698-8084] does not belong to him, but rather a Victoria DaCosta of Santa Barbara. Seeing as the construction of Mr. Lowther's posts are always very similar (CAN YOU SAY CAPS LOCK?!), it is my best guess that Ms. DaCosta is merely another instance of collateral damage in his string of Craigslist posts. Perhaps Mr. Lowther was simply tired of using one of his other contact numbers and instead used one he found in the phonebook (Ms. DaCosta is a local business owner)--it's hard to say. Whatever the case, however, Victoria DaCosta does not at all appear to be affiliated with this complaint.
A  12th of Jan, 2011 by    0 Votes
Way to write the number incorrectly--really helps your case as a "prominent" lawyer. Let me correct you on a few things...

First of all, it was never stated that this number belonged to you, merely that you appeared to be using it. It was--as the screenshots that I posted will illustrate--clearly posted in the same exact format as so many of your other posts (which continue to spam the TV/Film/Video section of Santa Barbara and Ventura Craigslist). Of course, as paranoid and anti-police as you sound, I wouldn't put it past you to write this off as some kind of "racist conspiracy" against you. Might even go a little something like this:

"THIS MUST BE JAMES GAWZNER OR THE POLICE! THOSE ARE FACTUALLY THE ONLY TWO OPTIONS FOR WHOM COULD POSSIBLY BE COMMITTING THIS RACIST HARASSMENT! clearly they are posting a false number to steal business from PROFESSIONALS responding to my HIGHLY ESTEEMED craigslist advertisements requesting professional screenplay writers and producers for unknown films! OH AND DID I MENTION MONEY??? I NEED YOUR MONEY!!"

Annnnd scene. Wow, writing in all caps like that ALL THE TIME can really be exhausting. I just don't know HOW you accomplish all that without a SEVERE case of CARPAL TUNNEL!

Let's cut the crap, Mr. Lowther. You have not contacted an attorney. You are personally operating under all three of the account names that you have posted as on this site, including "EFGI", "ENCORE FILM GROUP INTERNATIONAL", and (my personal favorite due to its incredible stupidity and lack of creativity) "ALL LAW".

As if your attempt to impersonate a successful filmmaker wasn't bad enough, I can honestly say that I believe your attempt at impersonating a lawyer was even more pathetic. I can assure you, Mr. Lowther, that no attorney in their right mind would EVER post something as accusatory and unprofessional on a website like this!

You asked why I am on this website in the first place. Well, to answer that question for you, I began posting on this website because I had heard about your actions within the Santa Barbara film community and was immediately suspicious that your entire operation was a scam. And guess what--I'm extremely glad that I did begin posting on this website, because as soon as you discovered that you were being exposed you came running to defend yourself with every bit of unprofessionalism as I would have expected. Not only that, but others that have dealt with you before began contributing as well. "anonyson" posted that you had scammed her too, and later on "radio rob" revealed that you had been involved in insurance fraud in Ventura county. All of this information--including the writing that you yourself have done within the comments section--has added to the validity of my original complaint.

As always, of course, I would love to give you the chance to prove me wrong. If "ALL LAW" is in fact your lawyer, then by all means prove it by posting his/her law firm and public contact information. You keep claiming that you want something done legally to put my postings to an end, and yet even after I offered to personally contact your so-called "lawyer" and give him my information, you have consistently backed down from doing so. You're all talk Mr. Lowther--just like the films projects that you try to scam people with. You toy with their hopes and aspirations of a job in the film industry by claiming associations with companies you could never dream of working with simply because of your complete lack of honesty and integrity.

If you really were the head of a multi-million dollar film, do you really think that you would be the one to have to personally refute my claims? Not a chance. The lawyers would have taken care of this without ever having to post a single thing on this website. I really get a kick out of all of this, though, because on some level I keep expecting your next ComplaintsBoard screen name to be OPRAH WINFREY--it honestly wouldn't surprise me. And do you know what else is funny? The fact that you actually spent the money to create an IMDb account simply so you could try to gain the illusion of credibility. I hope it was worth it to you to post a resume riddle with fallacies and the work of others.

So I'll leave you with this, Mr. Lowther... What's it going to take for you to be honest?
N  13th of Jan, 2011 by    +2 Votes
I'd like to point out that ALL LAW earlier stated, "This is not Mr.Lowther who you are speaking to. Its his prominent lawyer who is representing him, " but is now speaking as if he IS James Lowther... That is, unless of course his lawyer has a lawyer...

So which is it, Mr. Lowther? Why do you feel the need to constantly shroud everything that you say with lies or half-truths? How about trying a little bit of integrity?--I mean, how long do you really think you're going to be able to claim that you're an accomplished filmmaker while at the same time accomplishing nothing? Ambitions based on theft and dishonesty will get you nowhere, Mr. Lowther. And from what I can tell, it's been taking you there pretty fast lately...

And as far as this "lawyer" business goes, haven't you realized yet that I'm not going to be intimidated by your overtly idle threats? You may claim that you are in the process of finding who I am, but let's be real here--you have absolutely no idea. If you actually DID have a lawyer, do you realize how much he would be billing you for every minute that he spends looking for me? Why would you waste that much money simply to find somebody that you "never took seriously from the start"? And if it's simply that you feel I've wronged or harassed you--or as you would say "slanderized" (which is not a word, by the way)--then why have you not taken me up on the opportunity to contact your lawyer with my information so that we can get all of this settled in court?

Like I've said before, just post your lawyer's public phone number and I guarantee that within 24 hours of receiving it, I will contact him/her. After that, you would know who I am. Sounds to me like the best (and most professional) way to actually handle this little situation. But if you insist, feel free to continue wasting your money (time) by having some "lawyer" (you) scour the internet for me.
A  13th of Jan, 2011 by    0 Votes
...Gotta love double posts.
A  14th of Jan, 2011 by    0 Votes
...Did you forget a word in that sentence or are you trying create your own English language devoid of structure?

Seriously, though, does THIS make sense to you: "Let's see you will relate to double legal charges." ??? Has your "law firm" abolished the use of commas or words like "how"? I'm not entirely sure what's going on there... Also, I'm pretty sure that even if there were such a thing as "double legal charges, " it definitely wouldn't be relevant to anything we've been talking about.
N  14th of Jan, 2011 by    0 Votes
It doesn't help your case when you spell "illiterate" wrong within the first two words of your sentence...

Also, I already told you: I'm only going to give my name and number to Mr. Lowther's attorney, which clearly you are not. If you give me the name and number of the attorney, then I will be more than happy to comply. How is that being cowardly? I'm not stupid, Mr. Lowther--I know what your intentions would be if I gave my personal information to you and not a lawyer.

And why do you keep referring to yourself in the third person? You either are Mr. Lowther or you aren't--try to keep your stories straight.

As far as theft goes, yes, Mr. Lowther has stolen plenty of things in his life. In fact, a great number of those thefts are all gathered on the same page--his IMDb resume. Just take a look at the section entitled "Personal Quotes." Mr. Lowther stole this entire section, word for word, from the biography of its original author, Ryan Isaac Spevack. Look for yourself: http://www.yournextproducer.com/biography.html

Of course, Mr. Lowther will play the same game as he has in the past (with his plagiarized blog posts), claiming that I don't know who the original author actually is. As I posted in an earlier comment, though, this isn't the only part of Mr. Lowther's resume that is copied and pasted directly from the sites of others in the film industry. So would he have me believe that ALL of these websites are stealing from his resume (which he just posted on IMDb within the last few months)? It's a ridiculous notion.

The only impact you're making in the film industry is a negative one, Mr. Lowther.

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