Hey, I'm Michael!

Chicago, Illinois

Michael Glover Smith is known for the award-winning feature films COOL APOCALYPSE and MERCURY IN RETROGRADE, the latter of which stars Roxane Mesquida and Najarra Townsend, and about which Richard Roeper in the Chicago Sun-Times wrote: "Smith has a deft touch for dialogue, creating six distinct characters who look and sound like people we know...a smart, funny, quietly effective and authentic slice of older millennial life." His work has screened at festivals and indepedent theaters across the U.S., played in Chicago at the prestigious Gene Siskel Film Center and at Movies in the Parks' Onscreen Local Film Showcase and is distributed on DVD by Emphasis Entertainment. He is the co-author, with Adam Selzer, of the acclaimed Flickering Empire (Columbia University Press, 2015), a book-length study of the silent film industry in Chicago. He teaches film studies at several Chicago-area colleges and is the author of the White City Cinema blog.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Runner

Chicago Short
Drama, Thriller

A woman goes for a jog and witnesses something she can't run away from.

364%

This project got the green light!

Blood, Sweat & Heels Teaser

Chicago Short
Comedy

Four millennial strippers fight for their ambitions while navigating an all too often hostile world of male fantasy in this dark comedy.

103%

This project got the green light!

Forget-Me-Nots

Glens Falls Feature
Drama, Family

As a daughter recreates memories with her ill father, she learns valuable lessons about life, love, and how to cope with loss.

121%

This project got the green light!

Dad Man Walking

Chicago Series
Comedy, Drama

A single Dad navigates the PTA, his freelance career and money troubles after he gets full custody of his young daughter

111%

This project got the green light!

Miles Underwater

San Antonio Feature
Drama, Family

13-year-old Miles is struggling to find where he belongs when an unusual event forces him to face his biggest fear and take a leap of faith.

106%

This project got the green light!

Hello Henry

Denton Short
Comedy, Drama

A lonely man finds the love of his life when a married woman moves in next door. Together they hire a hitman to kill the abusive husband.

130%

This project got the green light!

KNIGHT WATCH - Sci-Fi/Horror Proof of Concept Short

Los Angeles Short
Horror, Sci-Fi

An ambitious and reckless astronomer becomes obsessed with her husband’s secretive research of an ancient UFO.

102%

This project got the green light!

Classic Punk

New York Short
Comedy, Drama

Dorothy, a bad ass senior, has to overcome financial dependence when her children start threatening to move her into a nursing home.

88%

This project got the green light!

Park Slope Moms

New York Series
Comedy

A high-powered attorney turned 'stay-at-home' mom regains power as PTA President, but ruling with an iron fist sparks a coup.

111%

This project got the green light!

A Crazy Thought

Cottonwood Series
Documentary

A groundbreaking docuseries that reimagines youth mental health for the sake of our children and our world.

100%

This project got the green light!

Conversations in Apartment 3A

New York Series
Comedy

A comedic web series about two women in their late-20s facing the realities of living in New York City.

125%

This project got the green light!

Turn Out

San Francisco Feature
Crime, Drama

A homeless teen will stop at nothing to escape a criminal sex slavery ring, even if it means becoming the criminal herself.

84%

This project got the green light!

Rocky Jones

Seattle Short
Drama

In the midst of an abusive relationship Rocky Jones has to make a decision to follow a music scholarship, but against his girlfriends wishes

84%

This project got the green light!

Introvert's Guide to Activism

New York Short
Comedy, Satire

A short comedy centered on the dilemma between caring about human rights and hating other people.

102%

This project got the green light!

Full Moon

Ellicott City Short
Horror, Thriller

Four high school friends nearing the end of their senior year, encounter strange horrors one fateful night.

94%

This project got the green light!

Romance Analyst

New York Feature
Comedy

A platonic love triangle between a woman, her best friend, and her therapist.

102%

This project got the green light!

On Story Project

Austin Series
Film-related Business, Filmmaker Resource

On Story shares passionate discussions about the creative process of storytelling to audiences worldwide for free.

81%

This project got the green light!

Relations

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Drama

Two cousins have conflicting views on a secret sexual encounter from their youth.

101%

This project got the green light!

Period

Austin Short
Documentary

A documentary about the unheard needs of unheard women.

86%

This project got the green light!

I AM NOT ALONE

Hartford Short
Documentary, LGBTQ

After a diagnosis of ALS, a man determines to clarify his relationships: with his family, his community, with life itself

93%

This project got the green light!

Patient

New York Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

Adrian Irons can recreate the symptoms of any disease, which he uses to train med students. But things get messy when the symptoms stick.

88%

This project got the green light!

SPIN - a short film

Los Angeles Short
Action, Drama

When a once-optimistic college color guard captain must work as a sign spinner to make ends meet, she's forced to reconsider her life plan.

116%

This project got the green light!

The Unknown Country

Dallas Feature
Adventure, Experimental

The discovery of a forgotten family photograph sends Isabella on a journey through the belly of America. In her solitary quest, she navigate

100%

This project got the green light!

Jordan Football Dreams

New York Feature
Documentary, Sport

The young women of Jordan’s national football team strive to be the first team from the Middle East to qualify for the Women's World Cup.

104%

This project got the green light!

Millie

New York Short
Drama, Thriller

On a journey to an old beach house, two women get lost in each other and explore the mysterious mirroring that occurs between them.

104%

This project got the green light!

Rendezvous in Chicago: Three Tales of Love in the Windy City

Chicago Feature
Drama, Romantic Comedy

RENDEZVOUS IN CHICAGO is a short comedic feature comprised of three vignettes, each corresponding to the different phases of a relationship.

101%

This project got the green light!

DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION!

New York Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

A history of queer cinema from the women who made it happen.

100%

This project got the green light!

Ring is now STALLED

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Romantic Comedy

Two strangers on dates from hell bond in the women's bathroom over their issues with love.

124%

This project got the green light!

Dawn of Hearts

Ashland Feature
Documentary

A pulsing journey through human life, from before birth to beyond death, revealing our heart is not a pump, but the biggest mystery of life.

124%

This project got the green light!

Gringo Chief

Richmond Short
Documentary

This is the unlikely story of Randy Borman, a blue-eyed white American, who became a leader of an indigenous community in the Amazon.

119%

This project got the green light!

Scab Vendor - The Life and Times of Jonathan Shaw

Los Angeles Feature
Biography, Documentary

A deep scrutiny into the life of one of America's last outlaws, Scab Vendor is the story of tattooist, writer, and pirate, Jonathan Shaw.

109%

This project got the green light!

Magpie

Cary Feature
Comedy, Drama

Maggie is a 43-yr-old PR Exec who has it all until a chance encounter with her childhood best friend triggers a hilarious existential crisis

106%

This project got the green light!

MUSICALS WITH A MESSAGE: A Short Dance-based Web Series

New York Series
Musical, Science

A series of short dance-based informative musicals providing viewers with opportunities to participate & build a world they want to live in.

106%

This project got the green light!

Roots of Fire

Lafayette Feature
Documentary, Music

The story behind a new generation of musicians keeping one of America’s last true cultures alive in the heart of Louisiana.

102%

This project got the green light!

CEIBA, memories of a cuban family

Paris Feature
Documentary

A poetic documentary about a Cuban family.

107%

This project got the green light!

Idaho Boys

Reno Series
Comedy, Family

Idaho Boys is a comedy about three dysfunctional brothers rallying together to save the family farm.

103%

This project got the green light!

"Too Many Bodies: Place Called Us" A Music Video about Gun Reform

Los Angeles Music Video
Drama, Experimental

A girl walks through a high school magically resurrecting those hurt by gunfire in a dance.

85%

This project got the green light!

The Water is My Sky

St. Louis Feature
Documentary, Sport

Two dedicated swimmers must temporarily sacrifice their professional lives to pursue their dreams of earning a world number 1 ranking

132%

This project got the green light!

Love You, Sissy

Denver Short
Drama

Love You, Sissy is based on the true story of how a young girl was forced out of the closet by a backwards looking community.

86%

This project got the green light!

Queen of the Capital

Washington Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

Daniel, a government bureaucrat in Washington D.C., dreams of becoming Queen of the Capital.

85%

This project got the green light!

Skater

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Shorts Program

A 13 year old competitive figure skater who suffers from severe anxiety is possessed by the spirit of her skating idol.

116%

This project got the green light!

Looking for Leia

San Francisco Series
Documentary, Sci-Fi

A joyous gender justice project about the women of Star Wars fandom

122%

This project got the green light!

Comedic Timing

Los Angeles Series
Comedy

An improv teacher helps her all-women class sort out their personal lives as hers careens out of control.

106%

This project got the green light!

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

New York Festival
Film-related Business, Shorts Program

Show us your film. We'll show you success.

81%

This project got the green light!

The Care & Keeping Of Your Woman

Los Angeles Short
Satire

A How-Not-To Guide For The Modern Man

191%

This project got the green light!

Pozole

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Drama

Maia prolly killed her Nana.

112%

This project got the green light!

Reservoir

Baltimore Short
Drama, Sci-Fi

After a revolutionary artificial intelligence replaces all working Americans' jobs, a financial advisor searches for meaning outside work.

80%

This project got the green light!

Fragments of An Ecosystem

Jacmel Feature
Documentary, Science

Doing conservation science in real world scenarios, where people directly depend on their environment's resources for survival.

80%

This project got the green light!

Straight Up

Los Angeles Feature
LGBTQ, Romantic Comedy

A romantic comedy-drama about intellectual soul mates. He might be gay. She might not care.

101%

This project got the green light!

Talk to the Hands

Riverside Feature
Comedy, Romance

When a couple is in love, different languages and cultures just fall on deaf ears, for real!

82%

This project got the green light!

Nun Habits Series

New York Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

A weed-smoking nun befriends a gay high school senior. Together, they reconcile their personal beliefs with the teachings of the Church.

87%

This project got the green light!

The Book Keepers

Roanoke Feature
Documentary, Family

A father and son crisscross the country to fulfill a dying wish, ensure a legacy and find solace after tragic personal loss.

111%

This project got the green light!

Sirens

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Fantasy

A mermaid is asked to use her powers of hypnosis to help a woman forget her son who was killed by a police officer.

91%

This project got the green light!

Kombucha Catch-Up, Season 2

New York Series
Comedy, Satire

A group of actors are forced to re-examine their toxic relationships and behavior upon graduating college.

84%

This project got the green light!

Becoming Incurable

Sacramento Feature
Documentary

A filmmaker captures the struggles, triumphs, and every day lives of three individuals living with severe chronic illnesses.

111%

This project got the green light!

RAG DOLL

Los Angeles Feature
Drama

A young woman, exhausted by her daily fight to survive, embraces violence when she enters a MMA tournament.

117%

This project got the green light!

Anna's Documentary

New York Feature
Documentary

What happens when you receive a diagnosis that changes your life in a heartbeat? Anna embarks on a journey to find out and begin to heal.

101%

This project got the green light!

GRIT

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Drama

Frankie, a single woman in her late 30’s, discovers that due to an infertility issue, motherhood is suddenly a matter of now or never.

105%

This project got the green light!

We Simply Can't

Denver Short
Drama, Romance

Two individuals who are in love with each other, but because of cultural expectations it doesn't allow them to proceed forward.

85%

This project got the green light!

XJW | Coming Out of the Jehovah's Witness Religion

Denver Series
Documentary, Global Celebration

XJW | Coming Out of the Jehovah's Witness Religion Documentary Series

136%

This project got the green light!

F1

Los Angeles Feature
Comedy, Drama

An Iranian student’s F1 visa gets revoked, forcing a family friend to babysit her for a weekend of LA adventures before being deported.

80%

This project got the green light!

Choke

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Action

A rising MMA star hides her refugee status from her small American town, and the world.

159%

This project got the green light!

Like Father, Like Son

Los Angeles Short
Drama

A white liberal mother desperately tries to protect her black adopted son by reconnecting him to his biological father.

80%

This project got the green light!

2 WEEKS

New York Short
Drama, Horror

2 WEEKS accompanies Tanya as she explores what it means to be asexual in a committed relationship and an actor in a “sex sells” world.

101%

This project got the green light!

LIFE AT ALL COSTS - A Documentary Series Going Beyond Pro Choice Vs. Pro Life

Los Angeles Series
Documentary, News

Follow Asha Dahya, a former conservative Christian on her attempt to find common ground between pro choice and pro life.

114%

This project got the green light!

America Rise

Seattle Feature
Documentary

Together, we can create the world we want to live in.

80%

This project got the green light!

Lady Parts

Los Angeles Short
Comedy

A struggling actor finally gets her big break only to realize the glass ceiling can also be a camera lens.

85%

This project got the green light!

Deviant

Boulder Feature
Drama, Sci-Fi

What's so great about being normal? In the"Perfect Society" all imperfect "deviants" are shot into space for the rest of their lives.

83%

This project got the green light!

Chasing the Dragon

Salt Lake City Short
Thriller, LGBTQ

A transgender detective gets blocked by local transphobic PD. Never beaten, she pushes back and discovers who the real culprits are

81%

This project got the green light!

The Lady from Long Island City

New York Short
Film-Noir, Thriller

Two women meet for drinks to make a life or death deal.

102%

This project got the green light!

This World Alone

Atlanta Feature
Drama, Sci-Fi

An independent feature film about three women living in seclusion following a cataclysmic event that left the Earth without technology.

112%

This project got the green light!

Adapting

New York Short
Comedy

The (mostly) true story of a couple who begin the emotional, difficult and surprisingly ridiculous journey of adopting a baby.

103%

This project got the green light!

Misdirection: a short film

Los Angeles Short
LGBTQ, Comedy

A college freshman falls in love with close-up magic as an escape from her unrequited crush on her roommate and her undiagnosed OCD.

106%

This project got the green light!

MR. TALENTED

Los Angeles Short
Drama

Mr. Talented follows a space-obsessed photographer whose life and sanity unravel as he tries to make a name for himself in the art world.

136%

This project got the green light!

Pretty Dudes - Season Two

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

The "pretty boy curse" may be over, but is their luck changing for the better? The Dudes make new friends and face new challenges.

88%

This project got the green light!

Ponyboi

Los Angeles Short
Drama, LGBTQ

Ponyboi follows an intersex runaway, living in the dumps of New Jersey, as he searches for love in all the wrong places

114%

This project got the green light!

Pasărea

Madrid Short
Drama, Foreign Film

There are millions of human slaves in the world- Vera is just one more. Hay milliones de esclavos en este mundo-Vera es solo una más.

142%

This project got the green light!

The Grind

East Stroudsburg Series
Comedy, Drama

A journey to success for three friends becomes their downfall, when their environment manifests their voids and sins.

100%

This project got the green light!

Brace Face

Orange Short
Comedy

Determined to have a perfect first kiss, 16-year-old April's braces get locked with her unexpected crush in front of the entire school.

107%

This project got the green light!

How We Eat

Orange Short
Documentary, Science

A cattle rancher, hunter gatherer, and vegan athlete testify for their choices amidst environmental, nutritional, and economic pressures.

80%

This project got the green light!

Freelancers Anonymous

Chicago Feature
Comedy, LGBTQ

Billie #hatesherjob and quits to launch a new tech start-up company called Freelancers Anonymous while simultaneously planning her wedding.

80%

This project got the green light!

The Pet Peeve Police

Los Angeles Series
Adventure, Comedy

Ridding the world of inconsiderate douches one pet peeve at a time.

90%

This project got the green light!

Aloha

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Family

Aloha follows one new mom's quest to find the perfect birth announcement after the delivery of her baby doesn't go quite as planned.

81%

This project got the green light!

Gleahan and the Knaves of Industry

Duluth Feature
Adventure, Comedy

An opportunistic asshole joins the quest of a delusional man who thinks he’s in a fantasy world.

80%

This project got the green light!

The Way It Goes

Shawnee Feature
Comedy, Romantic Comedy

Sometimes life just doesn't go as planned.

101%

This project got the green light!

Bring Me an Avocado

San Francisco Feature
Drama

When a violent encounter leaves Robin in a coma, her family ventures to maintain normalcy for her children while managing their own grief.

113%

This project got the green light!

This Is Our Home

Media Feature
Drama, Thriller

A struggling couple's weekend getaway goes awry when a child arrives in the middle of the night claiming he's their son.

120%

This project got the green light!

Mini Lights

Saint Petersburg Feature
Horror

A group of skaters roams the haunted nooks of St. Petersburg Fl. where an unquenchable tragedy watches from the darkness waiting for a host.

155%

This project got the green light!

Interference

New York Short
Drama, Thriller

A violent altercation between a police officer and a black man left one person dead. A couple passing by must decide what they believe.

85%

This project got the green light!

The Black Cowboy

Portland Feature
Documentary, History

History You Cannot Hide

81%

This project got the green light!

Breasts

New Orleans Short
Drama

When a working mother mentions to her male co-worker that she has to pump her breasts, he slaps her with a sexual harassment complaint.

105%

This project got the green light!

The Will

Chicago Short
Drama

After the passing of their mother, two estranged sisters reconnect and reflect on the lives they have lived.

83%

This project got the green light!

The Rebellious Rise

New York Series
Documentary, Drama

The Rebellious Rise is an episodic television show that explores infamous courtroom trials based on the most controversial issues in America

100%

This project got the green light!

Ghost Girl

New York Series
Comedy, Musical

Ghost Girl, Jess, navigates the afterlife and helps BFFL, Emma Leigh, through the 5 Stages of Grief with songs, snacks, sleepovers & more.

126%

This project got the green light!

Heed the Call

Los Angeles Short
Drama, History

In 1942, Marguerite must decide if she is willing to defy social expectations, her family, and her fiancé in order to join the war effort.

81%

This project got the green light!

Self Portrait

New York Short
Drama, Experimental

A young woman reflects on the authenticity of her parents marriage in a staged dinner scene revealing three individual perspectives.

112%

This project got the green light!

An Act of Terror

Charlotte Short
Drama, History

The true story of Virginia Christian, a 16-year-old African American girl accused of murder in the Jim Crow South.

150%

This project got the green light!

UnCorked - A Web Series

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Satire

Six women changing their lives one glass at a time...

112%

This project got the green light!

Golden Sands

Los Angeles Short
Film-Noir, Music

Set in 1946, a young Mexican American musician, must establish herself in a male dominated world to earn equality and achieve her dreams.

106%

This project got the green light!

Her-POW! New Adventures of Vintage Comic Book Heroines!

Los Angeles Series
Action, Other

All new live-action adventures from 3 heroines from the Golden Age of comic books: The Woman in Red, The Veiled Avenger, and Ghost Woman!

88%

This project got the green light!

Half the Picture

Los Angeles Feature
Documentary

HALF THE PICTURE is a feature documentary about working women directors in Hollywood.

82%

This project got the green light!

The Big Heist

Seattle Feature
Documentary, Satire

An Inconvenient Truth + The Big Short for our broken healthcare system.

150%

This project got the green light!

Black People Are Dangerous

New York Short
Comedy, Thriller

A hitchhiker wonders if she’s being prejudice, or if the black guy at the wheel is the cannibal the police are looking for.

100%

This project got the green light!

The Music of Erich Zann

Cambridge Short
Fantasy, Horror

A modernized adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's short story about a musical savant holding off horrors from another realm.

80%

This project got the green light!

Inner U Diagnosed?

Bethany Feature
Documentary

IUD horror stories flood social media with side-effect forums and self-removal videos raising concerns about the device's actual safety.

84%

This project got the green light!

Halftime

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Sport

A comedy following the highs & lows of professional football's newest team. Each ep takes place during the league mandated 12-min halftime.

80%

This project got the green light!

Overland: A Documentary Experience

Durham Feature
Adventure, Documentary

Enter the wild with our cast of falconers as they partner with their birds of prey to hunt in some of the world's most majestic landscapes.

102%

This project got the green light!

PERFECTION

Feature
Drama

PERFECTION is an independent feature film about an unlikely love story that proves we are more than our scars...

89%

This project got the green light!

First Girl I Loved

Los Angeles Feature
Drama, LGBTQ

A lesbian high-schooler in Los Angeles falls in love with a young woman even more conflicted about her sexuality than she is.

80%

This project got the green light!

the LARP sitcom

New York Series
Adventure, Comedy

Deep in the woods of New Jersey, hardcore nerds are pretending to be elves & demons.

25%

This project got the green light!

Cross

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Film-Noir

A young Filipino backyard boxer enters a Mexican fight ring in the San Fernando Valley.

100%

This project got the green light!

Directed by Women


Global Celebration

Inviting the world to fall madly in love with & wildly celebrate women filmmakers & their films.

88%

This project got the green light!

Movies & Shows I Recommend

Days before leaving for the Army, a teenage girl struggles with the reality of leaving home.

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