Chris Smith (filmmaker)

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Chris Smith
Born1970 (age 48–49)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
OccupationFilm director

Chris Smith (born 1970) is an American film director, cameraman, producer, writer, and editor. He is best known for directing American Movie,[1] which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

Smith completed his first film, American Job, while attending the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee's Graduate Film Program. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Awards Someone to Watch Award. Chris met Mark Borchardt (the subject of American Movie) while editing American Job, and began filming a documentary about the making of Mark's psychological thriller Coven. Both films played at the Sundance Film Festival, and American Movie was bought by Sony Pictures for $1 million.[citation needed]

Chris Smith's directing credits include: Collapse (2009), The Pool (2007), The Yes Men (2003), Home Movie (2001), American Movie (1999), American Job (1996), and Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond (2017). He is signed to Smuggler for representation.


  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (1999-11-05). "American Movie". The New York Times.

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