Festival Year: 2022

Michael Kirby Smith

Roles: Director

Michael Kirby Smith is a filmmaker and photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. He works for a variety of commercial, editorial, and non-profit publications. He is a 2014 Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee, for which he covered ongoing social unrest in Yemen. In 2013-2014 he was a senior visual journalist for The New York Times, where he contributed as a photographer, filmmaker, and producer on special projects. In 2012 he was nominated for the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in studio art.

Selected Clients for Smith’s film work include Netflix (DOP); Frontline (DOP); Jigsaw Productions (DOP); Human Rights Watch (DOP, reporter); National Geographic Explorer (DOP); The New York Times (director, DOP, producer, reporter); TIME Magazine (DOP); The Atlantic (DOP); Vice – Noisey; Viceland – (DOP) and Bleacher Report (DOP).

Selected Clients for Smith’s photography work include Bloomberg Businessweek, Can-Do, CNN, Guernica, MSNBC, Google, Grow NYC, The Guardian, Frontline, Honda, Human Rights Watch, Inform Ventures, Lexus, The FADER Magazine, National Parks Service, National Geographic Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Time Out (NY, London, Guide Books), WME Entertainment.


Festival Year: 2022



(US, 2021, 93min)
Director: Andrew Burton