Filmmaker, Writer, and Photographer in Jamaica
Rae-ann Smith is a writer, photographer and filmmaker. She was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago but has lived in Jamaica, working at The Jamaica Observer, CVM TV and The University of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona. In 2006, she was awarded both a Merit Certificate and 3rd Bronze Medal in photography from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's National Visual Arts Festival. She also has photographs in VOLUME TWO // ISSUE ONE of TRACK//FOUR Journal. After graduating from UWI Mona with a 1st Class Honours degree in Mass Communication, she worked in developing educational content for online delivery. As a writer, her poem How I Remember My Childhood was given Honourable Mention in The 2009 CANTEEN Awards in Poetry and Fiction and her short story Purgatorium was shortlisted for the 2016 Small Axe Literary Competition. In the last few years, she has created and assisted in the creation of a number of narrative and documentary films. One such film is the documentary City of Dreams; a poignant look at the struggle for survival in Old Havana, Cuba, which she co-directed in 2007. That same year she won a Fulbright Scholarship which she used to complete her MFA in Film Production with an emphasis in Cinematography. Her thesis film, Women In Hats, has been selected for The 2011 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, The 2011 San Diego Christian Film Festival, The 2011 Africa International Film Festival, The 2012 San Diego Black Film Festival, The 5th Samsung Women's International Film Festival (SWIFF) in Chennai, India, The 2012 No More Violence Against Women Film Festival (India), as well as, The 2012 International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration, Equality in Indonesia. Presently, she is Assistant Lecturer at the Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) UWI Mona campus in Jamaica. She is also reading for an MPhil/PhD in Communication Studies with a focus on film aesthetic and its influence in Caribbean cinema.