An accomplished filmmaker, Chris’ films include American Job (1996 Sundance Film Festival), American Movie (1999, Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, Sony Pictures Classics), Home Movie (2001, Sundance Film Festival), The Yes Men (2004, United Artists), The Pool (2008, Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival), and most recently Collapse, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009 and was on numerous top ten lists as one of the best documentaries of 2010. In 2017 he directed Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond.
Smith is also a Producer for Chris Thompson‘s The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (IFC Films) which premiered at SXSW in 2012 and Collin Schiffli’s dramatic feature Animals, which premiered at SXSW in 2014 and won a Special Jury Prize for Courage in Storytelling.
In 2002 the International Documentary Association named American Movie as one of the top 20 documentaries of all time; in 2003 American Movie was designated by The New York Times as one of the “1,000 Greatest Movies Ever Made”; and in 2016 it received the prestigious Cinema Eye Honors Legacy Award as one of the most influential documentaries of all time.
Chris is also highly regarded as a commercial director and is represented by commercial production company Smuggler Films in Los Angeles. He has directed national television commercials for companies such as Geico, Intuit, Volkswagen and Qwest.