Liz Smith’s work focuses on enabling scientists and filmmakers to more effectively use media to communicate science and conservation in order to create measurable impact. As a science filmmaker, she has screened at festivals around the world and won numerous awards, including Best of Category at the International Wildlife Film Festival for a NASA promo she produced at Goddard Space Flight Center.
Liz is currently co-producing the feature documentary YOUTH v GOV following 21 youth plaintiffs who are leading a groundbreaking lawsuit against the U.S. government for violating their constitutional rights to a healthy climate. The project has garnered grants and awards from The Redford Center, SFFILM, Vulcan Productions, and MountainFilm, among others. She is also producing an episode of Changing Seas for South Florida PBS on the 10th anniversary of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; and a short film on California Fish & Wildlife's management of the sea cucumber fishery in Southern California.
Previously, Liz was the Director & COO of Conservation Media Group, where she designed the Catalyst Workshops to train and connect filmmakers and non-profits working on ocean and energy issues. She spent six years working as a science filmmaker and communications director aboard research vessels in the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Mediterranean.
Prior to working in ocean exploration, Liz produced films and multimedia about astrophysics & earth science at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. She has been a Fulbright Specialist and a member of American MENSA. She is also certified as an Advanced and Rescue Scuba Diver, a single-engine private pilot and a wilderness EMT.