Cole Smith is a screenwriter and director living in Colorado. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and served for five years as an Air Force nuclear missile officer in Wyoming. He holds an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from Columbia University.
Cole’s feature screenplay, Broken Arrow, is a recipient of the 2021 Sloan Screenplay award. Broken Arrow tells the true story of an explosion at a Titan Missile facility and is informed by his five years of personal experience as a nuclear missile operator. It is currently in development at Sustainable Imagination with Jon Levin Producing.
He also wrote the TV pilot Mutually Assured Destruction, a drama about an Air Force pilot rebuilding her career as a nuclear missile operator in rural Wyoming in the wake of a sexual assault. This Pilot has been adapted into a stageplay that will have a limited run in the fall. His Pilot, Sunday Money, is a NASCAR themed series chosen as a 2021 Columbia University Film Festival Faculty select.
Cole is a published essayist. His latest OpEd on nuclear missiles appeared in The Guardian. His work, “Space Age Conceptions of Time in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ went on to publication in “Interdisciplinary Humanities” and his biography of Alfred Hitchcock appeared in the Alfred Hitchcock volume of “Critical Insights.”
In addition to his work as a filmmaker and essayist, Cole is an accomplished rock climber and alpinist. He also enjoys spending his time as a “Big” in the Big Brother program of Colorado. He works with Arts in the Armed Forces, a non-profit whose mission is to use the powerful shared experience of the arts to start conversations between the military and civilians.
Collaborators Include: Moth+Flame, Big Machine Label Group, Columbia University, U.S. Air Force, 9 Mind Asylum, Arts in the Armed Forces.