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. He received an MA in Film Production from Humboldt State University in 2004. His first feature film, Cool Apocalypse, premiered in 2015 and has won multiple awards on the film festival circuit. Since 2009, he has taught film history and aesthetics at Oakton Community College, Triton College, Harold Washington College and the College of Lake County. His first book, Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry, a non-fiction account of early film production in Chicago, was published by Columbia University Press in 2015. He is a regular contributor to Time Out Chicago and Cine-File Chicago, and his film writing has appeared in the Chicago Reader, La Furia Umana, Isis Magazine and on Nobudge.com.