The D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development announced that Robin Smith, Emmy award-winning filmmaker and founder of Video/Action, is their August 2012 Filmmaker of the Month.
Smith began her career more than 35 years ago with the production of a documentary about her father, a Marine Corps fighter pilot who was declared missing in action when his plane was shot down over Vietnam in 1969. CBS ultimately bought rights to the film. She began her producing career, first in New York City with Charles Kuralt on CBS News Sunday Morning, and later in D.C. with Roger Mudd and Connie Chung at NBC News on American Almanac.
In 1990, Smith founded Video/Action, a nonprofit production company through which she could create educational films and multimedia programs on issues affecting women and at-risk children. The company has created more than 230 features and shorts on a wide range of topics including civil rights, human rights, women’s health, mentoring opportunities for underserved youth, community-based arts initiatives, and criminal justice; and her work has been featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, FOX, BET and The Learning Channel.