Dwayne Alexander Smith
Dwayne Alexander Smith is a 1 time AALBC.com Bestselling Author
Dwayne Alexander Smith was born in Harlem and raised in the South Bronx.
Smith decided to make movies after seeing Star Wars. His mother bought
him a Super 8 camera and he made an animated short titled SHOES
which won him a scholarship to a summer long filmmaking camp. He
studied electrical engineering, in college, but dropped out, to pursue his
dream of making movies. His first job in the industry was at Camera Service
Center, a film equipment rental house in New York City.
While he was making 16mm shorts in his spare time, he went on to work as a locations assistant on numerous feature films such as Money Train and HBO’s Subway Stories. He also started writing screenplays in an attempt to earn enough money to finish Doomsday Stew, his first feature film. He never did finish the feature, but one of his screenplays, Joe’s Last Chance, sold to Intermedia. After that the doors in Hollywood swung wide open for Smith.
He currently earns a living as a professional screenwriter and is represented by Resolution and Circle of Confusion. He as have sold or optioned six spec screenplays and I have been hired by studios for numerous rewrites. Two films, Stuck and The Closet were released in 2014.
About four years ago, between screenwriting jobs, he decided to write the novel Forty Acres. To his surprise and delight his very first novel won and NAACP Image Award for literature and became a Power List Bestseller.