Arthur C. Smith III
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I describe myself as a
I'm a film professional
My areas of expertise include:
Independent filmmaker living and working on the frontline of the American arctic.
About me - current project:
Finishing ONCE THERE WERE POLAR BEARS. Currently, this film is a 6-minute short, the beginning of a full feature documentary. My goal for this film is to share the truth of polar bear ecology with Americans, who have been misled to believe that there is no future for our polar bears in the face of melting sea ice. ONCE THERE WERE POLAR BEARS will demonstrate the historical precedent for polar bears living on land, while exploring how allocating land for them today could be the key to their future survival. To learn more about my films, please visit, or find me on Facebook.
Laurels, awards and other accomplishments:
My debut film, ICE BEARS OF THE BEAUFORT (2009), was the first to document American polar bears thriving on the coast of Alaska. It won many awards and continues to screen worldwide. One reviewer said that it "picks up where March of the Penguins left off."

My second film, WHAT DO POLAR BEARS DREAM WHILE THEY'RE DYING?, also won several awards, including Outstanding Environmental Vision award at the 2011 Sacramento International Film Festival. This bold film from the northern frontline tackled issues of toxification of the arctic environment and showed never-before-filmed scenes of helicopter harassment of polar bears by scientists.
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(2012, 6 mins... the beginning of a feature doc)

Arthur C. Smith
(arctic Alaska filmmaker)

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At 6:24pm on March 21, 2012, Joel Sandvos said…

Hey Art...great to meet you! Sounds like you have a lot of momentum behind your films, congrats. Hope that you are able to achieve some great stuff with the new one as it shapes into a feature. I'm excited to watch it at the festival and wish that I could meet you there in person. Good luck to you too.

-Joel Sandvos

At 4:56pm on March 16, 2012, Lakeith Stanfield said…

Hello, my name is Lakeith Stanfield and I am a new local actor in the Sacramento area. I would like to say I appreciate your commitment to coming together to create works of art that wouldnt be possible without people like you! In your spare time please have a look at my profile [] and dont hesitate to contact me if you would like to converse with someone who is extremely passionate about film, or if you are interested in calling fresh and vibrant talent for your project(s). Thank you very much and I hope to hear from you soon, cheers! 



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