Schnabel is an award-winning American filmmaker, who has directed such films as Before Night Falls, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Basquiat, and Miral. 
As a guest on the April 1, 2011 episode of 'Real Time with Bill Maher', Maher commented to Schnabel that a hotel in Schabel's new film was the same one that Maher had stayed at during the filming of Religulous:
Maher: I noticed in the movie, by the way, it reminded me. It's the same hotel that I stayed in when I made Religulous.
Schnabel: Which I love...
Maher: Oh thank you very much.
Schnabel: I'm with you on that.