Dermot Smyth is a freelance director, producer, and writer living in Boston, MA. Originally born in Dublin, Ireland, Dermot has lived in both the United States and Ireland for the past ten years. Two years ago he returned to Boston, MA, where he now resides with his wife. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class honors from the Dublin Business School of Film Production and a Masters in Film Philosophy from Trinity College University Dublin.
Dermot has worked as a lecturer in film theory and film production and as a research specialist in various film institutions. An advocate of the pedagogic application of film and an active member of the film academic environment in Dublin, he has assisted in the coordination of community outreach events at the Irish Film Institute and the Experimental Film Club of Ireland. He has also worked on various short films that promote an ethical and reflexive mode of documentary film. His volunteer work includes time at the Harvard Film Archive and local non-profit organizations.
Upon his return to Boston in 2008, Dermot began writing and assisting in field production for various television programs on Discovery and History Channels, and the Animal Planet. Dermot has recently worked with The Refuge Media Project, a group that is producing a documentary about torture victims and refugee movements in the United States.
He is currently directing and producing his first feature documentary about the work of highly acclaimed American artist Lynda Benglis, who attained worldwide notoriety in the 1970s for her controversial Artforum Ad. The film follows this iconoclastic artist from her home in New York to her recently celebrated and much-anticipated exhibition and sculpture installation at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.