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CHAN C. SMITH (she/her/sis)
is a multi-platform, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and content creator. Chan is currently a represented Director with Tessa Films.

Chan is a Director, Director of Photography, and Photographer. Her work includes narrative filmmaking, documentary, editorial and branded content.


Chan has created content for brands such as Nike Chicago, Parents Magazine, the NBA, and the Biden/Harris campaign. She is committed to exploring unique methods of storytelling, from the inception phase to final deliverables.

Previously, she served as the Multimedia Producer at EBONY and JET Magazines. Chan has directed, captured and produced interviews and cover shoots with high profile celebrities such as Ava Duvernay, Kevin Hart, John Legend, Jurnee Smollett, Chance the Rapper, NBA Stars Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook, and notable public figures including Nikki Giovanni, Van Jones and Sandra Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal.


Chan C. Smith is passionate about telling stories that are centered around the human experience in an effort to inspire, inform, and invigorate the masses. Chan can pivot from being a one “Chan” band to directing vast stories with her trusted ensemble.

Additional Production Experience




Director, "All In Illinois" Campaign, Tessa Films x Illinois Department of Health

Director, Writer, Executive Producer, "Her Voice" Short Film

Director, "Untitled" HIV/AIDS Documentary, Tessa Films x Chicago Department of Public Health

Director, DP, "Talking Change: Titi Lokei" Audio Network

DP, "WNBA All-Star Weekend 2022" Voltage Management

Director, DP, "Lyft E-Bikes", Hardpin Media

B Camera, "Impact ATL" Reality Show, BET+

DP, "Sketchcism: Mor Laughter Please!" Web Series, B Mor Productions

B Camera, "LOVB Volleyball"




Director, "All In Illinois" Campaign, Tessa Films x Illinois Department of Health

Director, "More Than Just Words" Campaign, Tessa Films x Novartis

Director, "Chicago: Unspoken" Campaign, Tessa Films x Chicago DCASE

Director, "Kings and Queens of Karlov" , Tessa Films x Off The Street Club x OKRP

DP, "Celebrate/Welcome To" Campaign, Target

DP, "InnovCares Grows", Google Play

DP, "American Crime Story: Impeachment" Behind the Scenes EPK, FX Networks

B Camera, Assistant Camera, "I'll Be Gone in the Dark: Special Episode", HBO




Director/DP, "America the Beautiful" campaign video, Joe Biden for President

Director, "Alt_ Chicago", Nike Chicago x Gumbo Media




B Camera Operator, "My Life" Mary J. Blige Documentary, Amazon Studios

Camera Operator, "Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning", Bunim/Murray Productions

DP, "Sex Is A God Thing", web series pilot

Director/Producer, "If Cities Could Dance: Chicago", KQED

DP/Editor, "Black Feminist" documentary




Director, "Demons", short film

Director/DP/Editor, "Behind the Silence", short film




Director/Writer/Executive Producer, "FEAR", short film




DP/Editor, Unique Outlook

DP/Editor, JET Magazine

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