CB Smith-Dahl
Director • Camerawoman

Biography

I’m a Black/multiracial Director and Camerawoman based in Oakland, California. I'm the Founder/Director of Community Bridge Video where I've directed hundreds of fiction and non-fiction social media videos for clients throughout California. I’m also working on a documentary about land use and local advocacy based on events and interviews shot in West Oakland from 2011-2014. 

Currently lensing The Waiting List for Tamara Perkins about the childcare crisis.  Also did some shooting for upcoming documentaries by the oh so talented Tracey Quezada and maravillosa Dawn Valadez.

I've worked every production job imaginable - in Atlanta and Los Angeles - before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm also fluent in Spanish and have lived on 3 continents and traveled in 5. I have a BA from Spelman College and also an MFA from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. 

I'm a member of the Brown Girls Doc Mafia, Women of Cinematic Arts, and the Collective of Documentary Women Cinematographers. Since 1996 I've mentored hundreds of diverse young people while teaching them filmmaking skills. 

When I'm not on set or in pre/post production, I get to raise two amazing young women - my daughters - who inspire me every day. 

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CB Smith-Dahl is the Founder/Director of Community Bridge Video.

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