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Faculty Biography - Michael Smith

Faculty Biography - Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Lecturer

B.A. Columbia College, Chicago
M.A. Humboldt State University

847.635.1950
msmith@oakton.edu
Room 2430 Des Plaines


Biography

Michael Smith is an independent filmmaker, author and Film Studies instructor based in Chicago, Illinois. He received a BA from Columbia College in 2000 and an MA from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California in 2004. His last two short films, At Last, Okemah! (2009) and The Catastrophe (2011), have each won multiple awards at film festivals across the United States and his feature Cool Apocalypse premiered at the Illinois International Film Festival in 2015. Since 2009, he has taught film history and aesthetics at Oakton Community College, Triton College, Harold Washington College and the College of Lake County. Additionally, he regularly lectures at Northwestern University and Facets Multimedia. He is the co-author, with Adam Selzer, of Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry, a non-fiction account of early film production in Chicago (Columbia University Press). His film writing has appeared in Cine-File Chicago, La Furia Umana, Isis Magazine and on Nobudge.com. He is also the creator and sole author of whitecitycinema.com.

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August 17
Faculty return for fall 2015 semester.

August 21
Second summer interim classes end.

August 24
Fall 2015 semester classes begin.

August 25
Second summer interim faculty grading due.

August 31
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September 7
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October 4
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October 9
Last day for filing Graduation Petitions.


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