Jeff Bay Smith is a freelance writer in Berlin. He has helped refine feature length films for award-winning indie filmmakers, TV pilots, commercial concepts, and short films. Currently, he's developing an original TV series with local film director, Nehemias Colindres; a sci-fi feature film debut as writer/director; music videos; and several short films for the festival circuit.
His original screenplays placed as quarter-finalists for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship and as semi-finalists for the Nantucket Writer's Colony. He hosts an Arthouse Cinema Club in Neukölln, Berlin, and continually develops narrative and avant-garde film projects of his own.
Smith was born in Minnesota. He grew up on the tropical city-state island of Singapore and has traveled extensively throughout the world. Inspired by the narrative and artistic features of Robert Gardner’s documentaries, Dead Birds (1965) and Forest of Bliss (1986), he studied anthropology at the University of Colorado in Boulder with an interest in ethnography. His love of cinema developed further under the guidance of experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage. After graduation he joined the cinematographer’s union and worked for a decade in New York City as a professional camera assistant ("Law & Order: C.I.", "Law & Order: S.V.U.", Netflix's "Master of None"). He received his Master of Fine Arts in filmmaking from Columbia University.