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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 and film history/aesthetics teacher based in Chicago, Illinois. He received a BA from Columbia College in 2000 and an MA in Film Production from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California in 2004. After writing and directing numerous shorts on film and video, Michael embarked on production of his debut feature "The Minx", a self-financed effort that was shot on location in Chicago and Hong Kong, in late 2005 and early 2006. The movie was picked up by Echelon Entertainment of Glendale, California and released on DVD on May 22, 2007. In addition to teaching at Oakton, Michael has taught courses at Facets Film School in Chicago on the South Korean New Wave and directors as diverse as Takashi Miike, Wong Kar-Wai and John Ford. Michael is currently shopping his latest work, the short film "At Last, Okemah!", to film festivals worldwide. 

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Oakton holds a special place for John Nebl, a police officer who took classes at the College during the 1980s. Not only did he find his vocation, he also found his wife.



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