Adam James Smith is an award-winning, US-based filmmaker originally from the United Kingdom. He holds a keen interest in the creation of built environments and the expression of identity within these spaces, almost exclusively in China and until very recently, in Japan. His documentary work includes The Land of Many Palaces(2015) co-directed with Song Ting, on the “ghost city” of Ordos, Inner Mongolia and his first solo-feature Americaville(2020), on an American Wild West-themed community in Beijing’s suburbs. He is currently working on Fantasy Factory (co-directed with Kadri Koop), a series of experimental short films exploring elaborate photoshoots against the backdrop of China's replica cityscapes and Forever Lost (working title), a documentary remake of the 2005 narrative film Lost in Translation. Adam’s films have been supported by the Sundance Institute, The Whicker’s, the Asian Cinema Fund, and have screened and won awards around the world. He has been featured in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Art Forum, and The New York Times. In addition to making his own films, he has worked for Rabbit Bandini Productions, Stanford’s Office of Public Affairs, the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, and the Chinese National Academy of Painting.Adam holds degrees from Stanford and Cambridge, the latter of which he is currently an Affiliated Filmmaker at the university’s Visual Anthropology Lab. Adam is currently an Assistant Professor of Multimedia at Florida Atlantic University.