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Faculty Biography - Michael Smith

Faculty Biography - Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Michael Smith


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

Room 2430 Des Plaines


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 He is also the creator and sole author of

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November 11
Veterans Day holiday. College closed.

November 18
Registration opens for spring 2016 semester.

November 26, 27
Thanksgiving Recess. College closed.

November 28, 29
Thanksgiving Recess. No classes, College open. (Most offices closed.)

December 24 - January 3
College closed.

January 11
Faculty return for spring 2016 semester.

January 15
Winterim classes end.

January 18
Martin Luther King holiday. College closed.

January 19
Spring 2016 semester classes begin.

January 20
Winterim faculty grading due.

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