WILLIAM TYLER SMITH

Filmmaker

William "Billy" Tyler Smith describes himself as a "very independent" documentary and fiction filmmaker based in New York City. Billy holds an MFA from the UCLA Graduate Film & Television School.  He has directed four feature films (3 documentaries and 1 fiction) and numerous short films across many different genres. His films have won awards at international festivals and have been broadcast, streamed and distributed on DVD all over the world.

His narrative feature, KISS ME AGAIN, premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and has sold internationally. Billy's first feature documentary, THE THIRD MIND, about the artistic collaboration of Doors keyboardist, Ray Manzarek and Beat Poet, Michael McClure premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel.  His second documentary feature, IMAGINE A SCHOOL...SUMMERHILL, is enjoying a successful video-on-demand run. He is currently in post-production on a film about Ray Manzarek and Roy Roger's creative collaboration, from songwriting to live performances. He is also in development on two fiction feature length screenplays. Billy is a passionate instructor of film directing who believes in a "theo-practical" approach to filmmaking; one that is heavy "hands-on" but grounded in theory. Many of his students have gone on to direct feature films and to have successful careers in the entertainment industries of their respective countries. Billy was recently cited as one of the "15 Most Notable Art Professors in New York City," by The Art Career Project.