Amy J Smith

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About Amy J Smith

Downtown Los Angeles - 2017
Through establishing a creative community, we can begin paving a path of discourse, a path of open doorways--a path for new resolutions, new empathy and new wisdom within our society, but most importantly . . . doorways for new Press. Creating media that breathes life back into the Rights of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Press. Our community of revolutionaries, activists and thinkers can build this energy together, one piece at a time. The rewards are listed down the right hand column, and the goals there on the left of the page, both outlining how we can together, build this community of media makers. 

#DivestLA | Los Angeles


In me, you will discover a diligent, visual and compassionate creator. I am creating to develop the world's largest worker owned media company. Built with like minds, from across the globe, creating to shift the narratives in global media and bringing back the value in Freedom of Press.

Building a worker owned company from within our own communities; where we seek to be the change in media, entrepreneurship and supply chain, will set the new tone for a look into "capitalism" and content creation. In order to bring this to life, we need to pull together creative from our community locally and digitally around the World. Bringing life to stories that need to be heard without a mainstream media narrative and without a shareholders bottom dollar narrative. 

I have been politically influenced my entire life, coming from a home where stocks were discussed frequently and riding the tractor was a daily, I was taught to take my voice to my politicians at a very early age. Currently, I am on the board for the Southern California chapter of Americans for Democratic Action; in addition to, volunteering my photography and writing to various grassroots organizations and candidates in and around Los Angeles.

For 10 years, I sought out photographers as mentors and learned in fashion studios...the fundamentals of retouching, lighting and editorial structures. Infront of the camera and behind the camera, I found my passion for creating imagery that speaks. Using that outlet for political messaging has a big influence on national dialogue as our communities continue to see beauty as something to seek after. I look forward to creating more conceptual editorials based around our social issue messaging; editorials that pair with the investigative stories about our communities and eliminate the stereotypical character blueprint the current fashion paradigm has held "beauty" in.

Building community will make the shift towards creating in depth content, a lot easier than if we keep taking on mainstream media individually and selling our ideas to their studios. Take a look at the Rewards to the right for details on how you can join the community and be a part of the planning of our worker owned media company. The goals provide for building a team, establishing a registered company and opening up for feedback from the community. Look forward to hearing from individuals, organizations, and even local businesses in regards to the issues facing our neighborhoods.

Hollywood, CA - 2017


The criminal justice, the climate justice, the refugee justice...The echo chamber is already limiting our thoughts in real life and then factor in the social media algorithms and then the monopolized media narratives, and it is no wonder that a majority of the world is following the same pop culture news and the same militarized propaganda war themes. We shift that paradigm, we the content creators.

James Baldwin didn't argue and fight with those who saw the world differently than he--he engaged in dialogue and shut down those filled with ignorance, with pure consciousness, not argumentative hatred. Facilitating conversation of opposing views and investigating issues from both sides of the fence, is how we can establish dialogue with respect and attempt to come to some sorts of agreement amongst our communities as to where we go from here.

All of the media created from here, will be submitted for editorials to print publications, online outlets and film distributors (once our feature documentaries and films are developed).

To build these content streams, we must build community. Join the team today, your rewards are on the right and the goals on the left. We can't compete with CNN one on one, but together we can dilute out the washed up narrative of mainstream media. Beyond fellow content creators, we will be seeking organizations who are in need of messaging and content for their causes. 
    portraits : Lasting memories of communities, generations, activists, and lifestyles. Some cultures are disappearing, some of refreshing their communities. With portraits we can recognize a lot about a neighborhood.
    reporting : Covering local events, producing digital content for local organizations and activists that tells the story of all sides and provides history and context for the actions we are a part of.
    writing : Feature length stories of real life characters facing the harsh realities of everyday life, through investigative research. These feature length articles will be submitted as op-eds to published and digital outlets.
    exhibitions : Initiating discourse through debates, art shows and film screenings. Showcasing the objectives from both sides of the issues we are facing in communities -- locally and globally.

    Stories I would like to cover in depth:   
    Saving Oak Flat (Sedona, AZ)
    Drought, Water Usage & Farmworkers' Rights (Central Valley, CA)
    Worker Owned Enterprise Success & Failure
    Expansion of Oil Industry & Fracking in Greater Los Angeles:
    Inglewood Oil Fight
    Tesoro Oil Refinery Expansion 

    Content I would like to create:
    Book - Capitalism and Competition
    Script - Mid-West Living (120 pages, based on reality drama, 3rd draft)
    Documentaries - The Human Pursuit of Happiness, Alert: Save Public Schools, Factory Fall, Corn in America...(many more outlined).
    Hands off Syria! - 2017


A majority of the population is bombarded by media every single moment of every single day. Billboards, advertising, commercials, pop ups...yet a majority of it is mindless (distracting) entertainment. Our every day lives are reflected back to us through daily digital streams, yet too often, these streams of thought distract us from engaging with one another and distract us form pursuing our own thoughts...disguising our impressions as connections. Give life to your impressions by joining the community...let's build to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, a part of the shift that moves the World forward. The Goals to the left outline exactly how together we can build a new paradigm in media. The business plan is drafted with market research complete.
Through main stream media, we continuously see rapidly spewed headlines, with super quick set ups, little to no investigating, and all about gore. When overwhelmed with headlines, our short attention span sweeps the past headlines under the rug and on to the next brutal headline. Again quickly brushing that one off as the next headline is under the screen already scrolling. Let's put an end to the bogus content creators in mainstream media "journalism".

We have the ability to direct a new narrative...we are the ones we've been waiting for.

LAX Day 1 #NoBanNoWall

Previous Work:

When it comes to bootstrapping a start up, I understand the battles that we're up against, I also recognize the competition we're up against in the content development industry.  We're not seeking to compete, we're seeking to build coalitions and content. We seeking to shift the paradigm and give a voice to those who have been left without a megaphone for their voice. We the content creators in Hollywood have that megaphone and we're ready to use it.

In the past, I have created videos to help friends' companies, non-profit organizations and stories that I felt passionately about. I have always had in mind a non-profit media company, and now with the introduction to Richard Wolff and Gar Alperovitz, I have mapped out a business plan and market research for exactly how we can build a new studio, one owned by the workers and developed by the workers.

These projects below, had zero budget, all of these are fellow creatives getting together and creating. Passion projects spawned new creativity throughout the years, while I ran around working for others' projects and businesses. Now with the research, the plan, the equipment. . . we can build beyond passion projects and studio funded projects. Let's be the studio that ultimately funds others' projects and works daily on our passion projects while changing the World at the same time.


March for Our Lives Los Angeles from Amy J Smith on Vimeo.


Justice from Amy Smith on Vimeo.

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(Photo by AirButchie)

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Rewards and Goals may adjust based on supply chains and community suggestions. The list of events will grow and shrink based on suggestions from the community.

    Notebooks:  (additional graphics/images will be available)

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Daily I write, filling up notebooks, after long days of working.  Each $500 will allocate time to research and publish a new article or a series continuation. 

After 12 hours on set, there is nothing more draining than researching banking industry annual reports, finding out the juicy details on the newest reportings, and then compiling those stats into feature length stories. With small figure donations from our community of activists, we can fund better content and develop content which speaks for our communities. Allocating time for investigating and interviewing industry minds.

Seeking to replace one of those long production days, creating for someone else, with investigating and writing my own story. These articles will then be submitted as op-eds and/or feature length stories into online/print publications. Distributing stories of value into the mainstream media.

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