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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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A  16th of Feb, 2011 by    0 Votes
No kidding, this movie is exploding on an exponential level! I thought this quote was pretty funny from the "article" on FreePressRelease.com:

"James Lowther is one of Hollywood's most creative, prolific and astounding film producers of this decade..."

Interesting points you bring up Mr. Abdullahi, which is most likely another alias for the impeccable Mr. Lowther, otherwise known as ALL LAW. You're one of Hollywood's most creative, prolific and astounding film producers of this decade? I find that interesting because a recent search (February 15th, 2011) on IMDB.com for the name "James Lowther" only yields one result...a photo, and not even a worthwhile one at it. So, you're one of the most creative producers of THIS decade huh? Can't be too hard to achieve that seeing as this decade is only a little over 1 year old, although I find that hard to achieve when you haven't actually produced anything, oh wait, I apologize, NOSTRADAMUS 2012 AD which has flooded headlines of every major news outlet, right? Sadly, I feel this "production" has received the most amount of recognition on this website as we are currently making fun of it. Any publicity is good publicity, right? You're welcome Mr. Lowther/ALL LAW/Moshood Abdullahi.
A  16th of Feb, 2011 by    0 Votes
I was reading this entire post, which by the way is ridiculously funny, and can't believe how many things this guy messes up. The two of you, sbidfilm and ALL GRAMMAR, are totally owning this guy who keeps trying to defend all of the stupid mistakes he keeps making. I was actually compelled to look at the links you guys are posting, and saw something you might have missed. On the website "http://www.free-press-release.com/news-james-lowther-encore-film-group-international-1297727750.html", the title is as follows:


Yet underneath the contact info it says the company name is


Is this guy so dumb he can't even remember the name of his company for 5 minutes? Just thought you guys might like that. Keep up the good work (obviously I'm talking to sbidfilm and ALL GRAMMAR).
A  20th of Feb, 2011 by    +1 Votes
Thanks for posting this. I had a bad experience with James Lowther too.
N  22nd of Feb, 2011 by    0 Votes
Oh Mr. Lowther, your perplexing sentence structure and use of exotic words has overcome my lesser intellect. I honestly can't even fathom how you possibly come up with the worst sentence structure I've ever seen. In freshman English, in high school, you learn an exercise called "Peer Review" which is where someone else reads over what you've written and makes corrections for you. Clearly, you've never partaken in this helpful activity, as your first post after "Fr33styLeRid3R"s post is full of grammatical errors. There can only be one explanation, that you are at an intellectual level so high that structure and organization is unnecessary. Clearly I am at a level so low that I cannot understand your higher use of verbiage, such as the following:

"ovious" - Obvious
"precisely accurate" - As opposed to precisely inaccurate?
"why would a fool like you has wasted..." - No comment
"corny" and "cheesy" - Sounds like a good Macaroni and Cheese dish, good call Mr. Lowther.

Please help me to understand how you put these impressive sentences together. I would love to learn from the master, and you've clearly demonstrated that no one can best your intellect, so please do us all a favor and grace the world with your knowledge. Enough with the sarcasm and back to owning you...

Yet again "ALL LAW" you've made a grave mistake. I was pretty sure you've been claiming to be a lawyer, and Mr. Lowther's lawyer at that, but wait! What's this? Why is it then you stated this above?

"Keep on guessing if I am Mr. Lowther's lawyer or not."

Yet throughout this entire "debate", if you can even call it that, you've been claiming to be Mr. Lowther's lawyer, FYI, lawyers call themselves attorneys, but that's aside the point. I believe what you meant to say was, "Keep on guess if I am Mr. Lowther or not", but why would you have included the extra "lawyer" bit? Oh wait, that's right, we've already shown that you are in fact Mr. Lowther do to some earlier, yet similar, mistakes. A mistake like this could only be made one of two ways, either you forgot who you were and have dissociative identity disorder (that's a big word for split personalities, sorry I confused you), or you forgot which alias you were typing with. Mr. Lowther, can you please stop this charade and just admit that you are in fact "ALL LAW". I know it, sbidfilm knows it, and everyone reading this knows it. You're like a magician who only has one act, after a while you get sloppy and people see through the tricks and find the truth. Unfortunately Mr. Lowther, your Vegas show was cancelled years ago and no one is hiring you for children's parties anymore, so just give it up, will you?

In response to what "Fr33styLeRid3R" said, thank you. What do you have to say about this Jay? Can't even remember your own "Film" company's name long enough to write it twice? That's rather embarrassing, I'd say.

Oh, and the last thing, please congratulate Mr. Abdullahi for knowing Mr. Lowther, and Mr. Lowther for knowing him.
A  22nd of Feb, 2011 by    0 Votes
Oh, and thank you for that "special" update you gave us about your "clients" movie.

"Keep checking your local media outlets in your designated areas on theatre billboard marquees."

So...basically watch T.V.? Thank you for the update.

Oh, and I forgot to mention this earlier, you stated that "ALL LAW is not Mr. Lowther." Why didn't you just say "I am not Mr. Lowther?" Wording is everything Jay. If you can't convey your ideas properly, who will listen for more than 2 seconds? I thank every moment I don't have to hear you speaking, because reading your garbage text is bad enough.
N  24th of Feb, 2011 by    0 Votes
" Also meet with me Mr. Lowther, your lawyer at Warner Bros parking lot to set the recore straight. That's if you are a real man of course ..."
I have known a lot of lawyers, but none so dumb as to commit to what appears to be a threat in writing.
Wow! Sbidfilm, you have unleashed some high comedy here. I am terribly sorry that you had your run-in with this piece of work, but as an outside observer looking in, this is some of the most hilarious pwnage of one person over another (despite multiple monikers - and the best part is he keeps forgetting which persona is/is not James Lowther or his competent legal staff) I have ever seen.
Good luck to you, sbidfilm - you rule. James Lowther/ALL LAW/ALLLAW/and so on...stay classy!
N  25th of Feb, 2011 by    0 Votes
If "ALL LAW" is a lawyer then the legal profession in the US is in a real mess...This is the first time I have seen a "legal representative" enter in to a public slanging match on a board and with such blatant grammatical errors...

Oh, and yes, I'm listed on IMDB!!!
N  25th of Feb, 2011 by    0 Votes
@ALL GRAMMAR...you missed so many more mistakes, but you probably have a life and I doubt you'll lose sleep over it.
All the best and keep up the good work.
N  25th of Feb, 2011 by    0 Votes
Wow. This reads almost as well as "The Groucho Letters". I see my reasons for leaving Hollywood are still valid. Or is that, 'vallid'?
N  25th of Feb, 2011 by    0 Votes
Wow, this reads almost as well as "The Groucho Letters". Hooray for Hollywood. Groucho was funnier and could spell, however.
N  25th of Feb, 2011 by    0 Votes
Sorry, did not know the first one posted...consider me self-flagellated. Better flagellater than never.
N  25th of Feb, 2011 by    0 Votes
@UKfilmy...Yeah, I know there's quite a few mistakes I didn't list, I just figured that people would get the point after a while. That, and I don't have hours upon hours of free time to correct every mistake this guy makes. Thank you for the support!

@Killerward...I haven't heard of "The Groucho Letters". Sounds like it has good potential though. I don't think being funnier, or better at spelling for that matter, than this guy is very difficult. And I wouldn't necessarily say your reasons for leaving Hollywood are valid, at least not regarding Jay Lowther/ALL LAW. He is an extremely poor example of anything relating to Hollywood.
N  6th of Mar, 2011 by    0 Votes
Thank you for sharing this info, sbidfilm, and for the *debate* that followed. ALLLAW/Jay, seriously? I really hope this creep is as inept in impersonating a producer/lawyer in real life as he's on the web, otherwise some trusting person will lose a lot.
It does look that way, fortunately. Apparently he (or as he claims, another James Edward Lowther living on the same street in Thousand Oaks, CA) edited a police report before sending it to Allstate, apparently hoping Allstate's legal team would not compare his submission to the actual police report. I really want to see the forged report, since according to the Ventura County DA's office (thanks for the link again, sbidfilm) Jimmy boy typed it out himself. I'm sure Allstate's lawyers peed themselves a little.
N  6th of Mar, 2011 by    0 Votes
I'm quoting ALLJAY (sorry ALL LAW) here, "Go to the court houses and you will hear lawyers calling defendants far more worse names than a ### than what I am calling you!". Really? I'd like to meet the judge presiding over that court.
This guy kinda scares me. He is a fraud, no doubt, but he actually seems to think he's legitimate since he takes personally any evidence to the contrary (if he were a simple scam artist he'd treat this entire exposure as a downside of his chosen profession, cut his losses and move on). For concerns relating to personal safety, I'd not like to be around this guy when his fantasy collides violently with reality.
A  12th of Mar, 2011 by    0 Votes
HAHA! I spent quite a while reading all of these posts, and I must say they have been so completely entertaining. I came across this fabulous "producer" Mr Lowther as I was looking at property in Italy of all places. He has an ad listed on Craigslist Italy looking for rich Italian to fund film production. I thought, seriously? Hey Hollywood, you've been doing it wrong all these years...get on Craigslist to fund your film productions. =) I had to laugh at everything that this bag of douche was saying in his mindless banter. Yeah, I know so many lawyers that would call people ### and threaten them. This guy is writing as a foreigner that has been in the US for quite some time...he has a complex that makes him feel the need to validate himself with a load of lies. I mean, I could see saying things about yourself to try and get someone in hollywood to take notice of an "up and coming producer". But seriously, get with the times. Do you know how many people in hollywood are all friends...old friends. People talk, and no one ANYWHERE is talking about you Mr. Lowther. You'd have better luck getting money for a movie project if you were to mail a script to Ben Affleck and put Matt Damon as the sender. What a load of defecation this guy is. Oh wait! Just found a second craigslist ad in another country looking for wealthy investor for film project. Get this guy off the telephone wire, because his pants are definitely on fire.
N  12th of Mar, 2011 by    0 Votes
A  12th of Mar, 2011 by    0 Votes
Word has it that Kelsey Grammar in the back of the UCSB video editing lab room was gang-banged by several students late during the evening. FYI! Kelsey works at the UCSB video lab and word on campus that she is the biggest slut on the UCSB campus.
N  12th of Mar, 2011 by    0 Votes
Since you love Italy so much perhaps you should go thereand perhaps get a real life. Because you don't really have one now. Your defection in your life is wasting everyone's time in the UCSB community. As a matter of fact this loser is not even live or work n the state of Californiaas he is living in another state. Must be very boring where you live without real friends or a family to spend quality time with??????
N  12th of Mar, 2011 by    0 Votes
Anybody who wants of Kelsey Grammar can have her telephone number. Word on campus have said her price for real LOVE is worth more than just a good feeling.
N  12th of Mar, 2011 by    0 Votes
Its a known fact that a creep like you on UCSB campus is just wasting money to sit in class with a 2.0 GRADE POINT AVERAGE and getting on social sites speaking about someone' s life as though they knew them for a lifetime. This kind of loser at UCSB is lethal and bad for the UCSB community.

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