Chris Smith (filmmaker)

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Chris Smith
Director of the film 'The Pool' Chris Smith speaking at the presentation of his film on November 26,2007 at IFFI, Panaji,Goa.jpg
Smith at IFFI 2007
Born1970 (age 49–50)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Known for

Chris Smith (born 1970) is an American filmmaker. He directed American Movie,[1] which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.[2]

Smith completed his first film, American Job, while attending the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee's Graduate Film Program. He was nominated for a "Someone to Watch Award" from the Independent Spirit Awards. Smith met Mark Borchardt, the subject of American Movie, while editing American Job, and began filming a documentary about the making of Borchardt'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]

Smith wrote and directed the documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (2019) about the Fyre Festival fraud. It was released on Netflix on January 18, 2019.[3]


Year Film Notes
1996 American Job
1999 American Movie
2001 Home Movie
2003 The Yes Men
2007 The Pool
2009 Collapse
2017 Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
2019 Fyre
2019 Disappearance of Madeleine McCann 8-part Netflix series


  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (1999-11-05). "American Movie". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "1999 Sundance Film Festival". Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  3. ^ "Fyre (2019)". Retrieved 2019-01-28.

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