Sarah Adina Smith

Sarah Adina Smith is an American film writer, director, and editor.[1][2] Films she has directed include Buster's Mal Heart (2016),[3] and The Midnight Swim (2014). She also directed several episodes from the television series Room 104. Her films often center around mysticism, spirituality and psychology, and the surreal.[4]

Early life and educationEdit

Smith was born in Fort Collins, Colorado. She graduated from Poudre High School in 2001, and studied philosophy at Columbia University in New York.[5]


Smith's first feature as director, The Midnight Swim, was released in 2014. The film was noted for its shifts in visual style,[6] and won six awards on the festival circuit, including the audience award from AFI FEST.[7][8]

Her sophomore feature, Buster's Mal Heart,[9] premiered at Toronto Film Festival and stars Rami Malek, DJ Qualls, and Kate Lyn Sheil.[10]

Smith later co-wrote the screenplay for the film Unlovable, which screened at the SXSW festival in 2018.[11]

In 2018 Smith was chosen to direct the upcoming television adaptation of the film Hanna.[12][13]

In 2019, she directed one episode of the television adaptation of the novel Looking for Alaska.


  1. ^ "Interview: Writer/Director Sarah Adina Smith on BUSTER’S MAL HEART". Daily Dead, 5/8/2017 | Heather Wixson
  2. ^ "WME Signs Director Sarah Adina Smith Ahead Of Toronto Fest". Deadline Hollywood, Anita Busch, August 10, 2016
  3. ^ "Indie Focus: Seeing with fresh eyes in 'The Lovers,' 'Risk' and 'Buster's Mal Heart'". Los Angeles Times, By Mark Olsen, May 07, 2017
  4. ^ "Film Review: ‘The Midnight Swim’". Variety, November 24, 2014. By Geoff Berkshire
  5. ^ "Poudre High School alumna featured at the Lyric". Rocky Mountain Collegian, by Megan Fischer - July 9, 2015
  6. ^ "Eye Piece: How Sarah Adina Smith Shot Three Visual Styles in Midnight Swim". MovieMaker Magazine, By May Zhang on September 29, 2015
  7. ^ "Tribeca 2017 Women Directors: Meet Sarah Adina Smith — “Buster’s Mal Heart”". Women and Hollywood, Laura Berger April 23, 2017
  8. ^ "“The Midnight Swim” Takes Home Breakthrough Audience Award at AFI Fest". Hollywood Times, By Rosemary Vega on November 14, 2014
  9. ^ "Interview: Sarah Adina Smith on Climbing Mountains and Taming the Sea for “Buster’s Mal Heart”". Moveable Fest, May 7, 2017 by Stephen Saito
  10. ^ "Offbeat indie 'Buster's Mal Heart' showcases Rami Malek's gifts". Los Angeles Times, By Robert Abele, May 04, 2017
  11. ^ "Film Review: ‘Unlovable’". Variety, March 14, 2018
  12. ^ "‘The Killing’ Duo Mireille Enos & Joel Kinnaman, Esme Creed-Miles To Star In ‘Hanna’ TV Series Adaptation For Amazon". Nellie Andreeva • February 8, 2018
  13. ^ Holloway, Daniel (May 23, 2017). "Amazon Orders 'Hanna' Series From NBCUniversal International Studios". Retrieved Sep 5, 2019.

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