Los Angeles, CA, USA
Kenyetta Raelyn Smith is an award-winning Los Angeles-based screenwriter and filmmaker. She is an alumna of several prestigious diversity fellowships including the HBO Montague program, The Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller (Cosby) Writing program at USC Cinematic Arts, and Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab and a finalist for the CBS Television Writers Mentoring Program and AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Additionally, she earned a Telly Award for her Women in Film PSA script written for the California Ventura Caregivers. As a graduate of both the NY Film Academy program (NYC) and the Cinema and Television Production program at Los Angeles City College (LACC), Kenyetta has written, directed and produced several short films. Her thesis short film, Prepping Keisha, was a top winner at the LACC final student screening and also screened at the “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” local film showcase. Her web series Day Shift was picked as a winner for the 2019 Writer’s Assistant Network Web series Production contest. She was also a directing shadow on the second season of Showtime drama “The Chi” under the tutelage of TV director and Executive Producer Jet Wilkinson. Kenyetta earned professional recognition when her feature script, on which the Prepping Keisha short is based, was seriously considered for production by Fox Searchlight and has since been optioned three more times. She has produced numerous short films and web series. Most recently, she directed episode 5 of a new comedy web series called Adversity, a satire about Hollywood’s latest obsession with “diversity and inclusion” starring Enrico Colantoni of CW’s Veronica Mars. Before pursuing directing, Kenyetta worked as a desk assistant and floater at The Walt Disney Company and eventually trained to work in production as a Script Supervisor for MTV and BET. She is currently developing an episodic workplace comedy and new media web series Day Shift -- inspired by her personal experience working as an exotic dancer at the Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Club. In preparation for her feature directorial debut, she is in development on a dramatic script about the crisis at the Mexican/Texas border detention centers. Kenyetta grew up in Dayton, Ohio and is an alumna of Columbia University in the City of New York where she earned a B.A. in English Literature. When not writing, she spends quality leisure time exercising in her beloved Kangoo Jumpers.