SARAH ADINA SMITH‘s second feature film, Buster’s Mal Heart, starring Rami Malek, DJ Qualls, and Kate Lyn Sheil, will premiere at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival. Her first feature, The Midnight Swim, won the 2014 AFI Fest Breakthrough Audience Award and top prizes at the Nashville Film Festival, Sun Valley Film Festival, Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival, and Starz! Denver Film Festival. It was released in June 2015 to rave reviews. Indiewire called it “enigmatic and fathomless,” comparing it to films like Picnic at Hanging Rock and 2001: A Space Odyssey while Twitch called it “acutely unsettling,” Fangoria “revelatory,” and The New York Times “a chiller with one foot in that genre and one in a whole other, and wonderful, place.”
Sarah is the only female director to participate in the horror anthology film Holidays, which opened the Midnight section of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Her sci-fi thriller script The Colony was a semi-finalist for the Nicholl’s Fellowship and earned Sarah a fellowship at the prestigious Screenwriter’s Colony in Nantucket.
Sarah lives and works in Los Angeles, where she co-founded the creative studio Friend of a Friend. She was born in Fort Collins, Colorado and studied Philosophy at Columbia University. When she’s not making movies, Sarah makes paintings and other artifacts.