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Chris Smith was born in 1970. He is a director and producer, known for American Movie (1999), The Pool (2007) and American Job (1996). See full bio »


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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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American Movie Director
The Pool Director
American Job Director
The Yes Men Director


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 2019 The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann (TV Series documentary) (8 episodes)
- Somebody Knows (2019)
- Truth and Lies (2019)
- Dark Places (2019)
- The Fightback (2019)
 2019 Fyre (Documentary)
 2017 Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (Documentary)
 2009/II Collapse (Documentary)
 2007/I The Pool
 2003 The Yes Men (Documentary)
 2001 Home Movie (Documentary)
 1999 American Movie (Documentary)
 1997 Split Screen (TV Series)
 1996 American Job
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I never meant to make documentaries. I went to Sundance in 1996 with the narrative American Job and sort of fell into that world of people saying: 'What's your next feature?' So I started writing something, and went to the Sundance writing lab. But at the same time, I felt, being 23, that a year was a long time to go between filming something. I was getting anxious. So I started this side project... See more »


Attended University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Graduate Film Program in 1995, having just completed his film American Job. Chris met Mark Borchardt while editing American Job, and began filming a documentary about the making of Mark's psychological thriller Coven. Both films played at the Sundance Film Festival, and American Movie won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. Sony bought the ... See more »

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