Jul 17, 2017

Columbia State Announces New Film Crew Program Director

Applications still being accepted for Fall 2017 Cohort

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. - July 17, 2017) - - - Columbia State Community College is pleased to announce David Smith as the new Film Crew Technology program director.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed these last 9 years as the founding director of the Film Crew Technology program," said Read W. Ridley, outgoing Columbia State FCT program director and film/stage crew technology instructor. "I am very happy with the college's selection of David Smith as the next FCT program director. Smith and I met in college over 20 years ago and he's enjoyed an amazing career. I am very confident that under his leadership, FCT will continue being one of the best motion-picture crew programs in the nation."

Smith will be responsible for providing leadership, supervision and curriculum guidance for the FCT program. The program allows students to learn the necessary skills to find success working as film and video crew technicians.

Columbia State's FCT program utilizes the latest technology and techniques that are commonly used in the professional motion picture industry - it is the only program in the state of Tennessee with a professional, working grip/electrical production vehicle and ARRI Alexa and RED DRAGON - SCARLET cameras.

"It is an honor to become the new director of such a successful FCT program," Smith said. "I am so excited about the opportunities before us and the direction the FCT program is going. I also look forward to working with the film and entertainment communities here.

Smith has been working in higher education for 11 years, including eight years at the University of North Georgia as an associate professor of film and digital media.

"Smith has that unique combination of industry and instructional experience we were seeking," said Shanna Jackson, Columbia State associate vice president of the Williamson Campus. "He brings extensive knowledge and experience to the position. I am excited about the future for FCT."

Smith is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and photographer, and is on the board of directors for the Rome International Film Festival in Rome, Georgia. He has over 200 video productions, which have earned him two corporate top-honor awards from KINKO's and the Bridgestone Group. In addition, he has won three Telly Awards for his work with the Tennessee Center for Child Welfare. He has had both film and photographs exhibited at festivals internationally.

Smith earned bachelor's degrees in radio/film/TV and speech and theatre from Middle Tennessee State University, along with a Master of Fine Arts degree in film and theatre studies from the University of Georgia.

Smith, a Kennesaw, Georgia native, currently resides in Gainesville, Georgia and plans to relocate to the Middle Tennessee area with his wife, Lori Gann Smith, and his twin daughters.

Columbia State's FCT program is currently accepting applications for the fall 2017 semester. Enrollment is limited, so apply today. For more information about FCT or to apply to the program, visit www.ColumbiaState.edu/FilmCrew.

David Smith, Film Crew Director
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David Smith, Columbia State's incoming Film Crew Technology program director.

Columbia State Community College is a two-year college serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with five campuses, including Columbia, Williamson, Lawrence, Lewisburg and Clifton. Columbia State was established in 1966 as Tennessee's first community college.

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