SARAH ADINA SMITH recently directed her first feature THE MIDNIGHT SWIM, a mysterious family drama about three half-sisters who travel home after their mother disappears trying to find the bottom of a bottomless lake. The film stars Lindsay Burdge, Jennifer Lafleur, Aleksa Palladino, Ross Patridge, and Beth Grant and premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival 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 Ion Cinema “unnerving.” The Film Philosopher likened the experience to a “lucid dream.”Previously, Sarah co-wrote and produced the ensemble indie dramaGOODBYE WORLD, starring Adrian Grenier, Mark Webber, Gaby Hoffmann, and hip-hop star Kid Cudi. The movie was picked up for distribution by Samuel Goldwyn Films & Phase 4 and opened in theaters this past April. Sarah’s next project THE COLONY, a sci-fi thriller, is being produced by Night & Day Pictures and is scheduled to shoot in June 2015. The script for THE COLONY is currently a semi-finalist for the Nicholl’s Fellowship.
Her award-winning short film THE SIRENS, starring The Chapin Sisters, was picked up by Shorts International for both broadcast and digital distribution. The film received the special jury prize for best screenwriting from the DreamAgo Foundation.
Sarah lives and works in Los Angeles, where she co-founded the multidisciplinary creative studio Friend of a Friend (foaf.la). She was born in Fort Collins, Colorado and studied Philosophy at Columbia University. When she’s not making movies, Sarah makes oil paintings and other artifacts. Her video art has shown at The Tank gallery in Manhattan, the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, the Great Wall of Oakland, and Victory Plaza in Dallas.