C.I. Smith (Christopher Ian Smith) is a writer, director and visual artist.
He is a former member of the audiovisual collective Addictive TV, producing audiovisual art, experimental films, and the ITV1 music series Mixmasters. Addictive TV were voted No.1 VJs in the world by DJMag, and performed at events and venues including: Le Centre Pompidou, The ICA, Glastonbury Festival and Mutek. He then moved into the digital space as a Creative Director. In partnership with East End and Cork Film Festivals, he founded EMERGE, a symposium about the future of filmmaking.
His work spans experimental, documentary and fiction – exploring our interaction with folklore, landscape, architecture and technology through uncanny narratives. Chris has exhibited at film, photography and art festivals globally. In 2018 his feature documentary, New Town Utopia (narrated by Jim Broadbent) was released in cinemas. It received four and five-star reviews from critics in The Guardian, The Times and more, with a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It played at festivals around the world.
New Town Utopia was a cross-platform work comprising a book and video art installation. The publication featured poetry, photography and writing by Jonathan Meades, Owen Hatherley and Gillian Darley. The video installation exhibited at the Sharjah Biennale (Beirut) and Format Photography Festival.
His recent horror short film Unreel (2022) has been selected for the Oscar-qualifying LA Shorts Fest, Popcorn Nights and Frightfest. Projects in development include the dystopian horror-thriller Zero Hours and the web3 story project Darkipelago.
Chris also makes things for brands – and has created and directed campaigns, films and digital work for brands including the BBC, Guinness, O2, Sony PlayStation and UbiSoft.