Mr. Smolan is an award-winning director whose work spans features, commercials, television, documentaries, and web series.
His critically acclaimed debut feature film 'Rachel River" was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and took awards for Best Cinematography and a Special Jury Prize for actress Viveca Lindfors.
Smolan's documentary "12 Stones", about the remarkable transformation of a group of illiterate women in southern Nepal recently won the Jury Prize for Best Short Documentary at the Tallahassee and Newport Beach Film Festivals.
In the Last two years he has been become an part of new breed of directors using commercials and WEB content for both Corporate and NGO Branding.
He recently directed the ten-part web series "In Gayle We Trust" for American Family Insurance on NBC.com and the web series "First Day" for K-MART. He also just completed producing and directing three short films for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation documenting an extraordinary $40 million pilot program attempting bring a million people of poverty in East Africa, and four short films about sustainable development in India, Georgia, Rwanda and Peru for Heifer International.
In the area of Corporate Social Responsibility he recently produced 7 films for the Tech Museum sponsored by Intel, Microsoft, Applied Materials, BD Biosciences and Nokia.
His television movies include "The Last Soldier" for HBO, the mini-series "Beach Girls" with Rob Lowe and Julia Ormond for Lifetime, "A Place To Be" for CBS and "Taking A Stand," an emmy award-winning film for ABC, for which he was also nominated for best director. As a television director his credits include the acclaimed pilot for the series "Middle Ages," as well as over 50 network series including "Brothers & Sisters," "Everwood" , "The O.C.," "Ally Mcbeal," "Chicago Hope" and "Northern Exposure".
He began his career directing documentaries. He lived in North Africa for six months shooting "The Maghreb Journals," a haunting, beautiful documentary about the northernmost region of the Sahara and he was the associate producer of two network documentaries for CBS News; "The Cowboy the Craftsman and the Ballerina" with Morley Safer and "Juilliard: A Life In Music," narrated by Charles Kuralt and winner of the Peabody Award. He has produced and directed many other documentaries, including several of the "Day In The Life" series, "The Minnesota Tapes" and "The Daytime Moon."
Mr. Smolan was a featured speaker at the 2010 EG Conference in Monterey, California and the 2010 INK Conference in Association with TED, in Lavasa, India.