Shadae Lamar Smith is an American-British filmmaker whose heritage is set in the hills of St.Catherine, Jamaica. Growing up in Miami, Shadae studied both acting and dance. During that time he was accepted to the Dance Theatre of Harlem school where he studied ballet, and the Broadway Theatre Project where he studied musical theatre. Shadae received his B.A. in theatre performance from Fordham University and his M.F.A in Film Directing and Production from UCLA.
Shadae has written and directed multiple narrative films, many of which have played at film festivals globally. His film 'The Resort' was shot on location in Tobago, and offers an intriguing glimpse into sex tourism on the island. It has screened at The Havana Film Festival, The Zimbabwe International Film Festival, and the Munich Festival of Film Schools to name a few.
His most recent narrative directing endeavor includes 'Miss Famous', executive produced by James Franco and starring actors Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, SNL), Jimmy Kimmel (Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel) and Tony Cox (Bad Santa, Friday). 'Miss Famous' premiered at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and screened as in flight content on United Airlines through the Tribeca Film Institute All Access Program.
In addition to narratives, Shadae has also directed numerous music videos. He is currently the resident video director for Grammy Award winning artist and entrepreneur will.i.am.