Chris Smith (filmmaker)

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Chris Smith
Born1970 (age 48–49)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
OccupationFilmmaker
Known for

Chris Smith (born 1970) is an American filmmaker. He is best known for directing 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]

Filmography[edit]

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

References[edit]

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

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