Cauleen Smith

Moving Image, 2008

Cauleen Smith is a filmmaker, screenwriter and video installation artist. Her short films include Daily Rains (1990), selected for the Sundance Film Festival, and Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (1992), which screened twice by demand at The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar Exhibition. Her first feature film, Drylongso (1998), also premiered at Sundance and won awards from the Hamptons Film Festival, Urbanworld and the Los Angeles Pan-African Film Festival. Since 2005, Smith has devoted most of her time to screenwriting and video installations. She is the recipient of an AFI Media Grant, a Rockefeller Intercultural Media Arts Fellowship and an Artmatters Grant.

Awards and Accomplishments


Smith receives a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant


Smith and Rodney McMillian receive a 2014 MAP Fund Grant for We Are The Paper We Are The Trees


Smith receives Outstanding Artist Award from the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC)

2008: Smith receives James D. Phelan Award in Film, Video and Digital Art