Josalynn Smith started in the industry as an interviewer and videographer on the award-winning feature documentary, Jim Crow to Barack Obama (2013). She has had films in St. Louis International Film Festival and Queer Fest St. Louis. 

More recently, Smith is a recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Production Grant for her thesis film Something in the Water (2019), a narrative short film that she wrote and produced.

She also keeps a foot in non-scripted with her docu-series A Moveable Feast which she worked on as an artist-in-residence at the Catwalk Institute. Additionally, Smith is the recipient of the Jesse Thompkins III Screenwriting Award from Columbia University, and more recently, a finalist for SFFILM’s Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship for her feature script of Something in the Water.

She holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.