CB Smith-Dahl is disruptive.
She started working in film at a time when women behind the scenes were expected to make coffee and type up scripts. She did neither.
After learning photography and multi-camera soap opera production in an alternative High School, she worked as a camera assistant on music videos during college. She began directing short films and continued to study film history & technique in Spain, the Dominican Republic, and Bulgaria.
Upon moving to Los Angeles to pursue her MFA, Ms. Smith-Dahl put her directing on hold for nearly a decade, while continuing to work on documentaries, slow budget film, and syndicated television as a Lighting Technician/Grip, Camerawoman and Director of Photography.
This work led to jobs as a Videographer and Writer/Director for red carpet/gossip news outlets including Reel Hollywood and National Enquirer TV where she got to see celebrities up close. Really close! She also had small roles on several award winning documentaries, including “Angola: Prison Rodeo” which was nominated for an Academy Award.
Next, she had twin girls, started her own production company, Community Bridge Video, and directed hundreds of educational and promotional videos for government agencies, non-profits, and small businesses. Creating these projects has also allowed her the time and resources to engage in creative video collaborations with other artists.
Ms. Smith-Dahl does drink coffee. Daily. Makes it for herself.