Jana Smith is a Gary, Indiana-bred screenwriter, documentarian and teaching artist. She studied filmmaking and African American Studies at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Throughout the course of her education, Jana built a strong academic and creative foundation in-order to create consciousness elevating content that centers women, girls, and femmes of color.


She has since been nominated for several screenwriting competitions including, ChicagoShort100 and the SLCReelies. She has also directed numerous independent documentary projects in the US and abroad. She's worked in the casting department for hit shows such as The Good Wife and Madam Secretary. Jana recently received her first television credits for her work on HBO's Random Act of Flyness and WorldChannel's America ReFramed. She has strived to use film as a means to further justice struggles in her role at American Documentary with the PBS series POV and continues this work in her current role on the programming team at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. 


Jana's passion for storytelling is not something she takes lightly. With every project, she aims to revolutionize the way stories are told!



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They Forgot We Were Radical 


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