Culture Soldier . Director . Producer . Editor . Hip Hop Journalist
Theron "Tee Smif" Smith
Theron Smith, a Brooklyn Native, is an American Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Veteran Editor and Educator. He got his first start in 1991 as an extra for the Spike Lee movie Malcolm X. Years later, he would go on to be an intern for the Iconic Director on his Film Clockers. Solidifying his foundation at an early age within the film industry, these opportunities lead him to work with the Casting Company Winsome Sinclair and Associates. During his time there, He worked on other Spike Lee films including He Got Game, Summer of Sam, Get on the Bus, Bamboozled, Inside Man and Miracle At St. Anna. Theron also worked on major box office films including Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, Tony K’s American History X, Hype Williams’s Belly, and John Singleton’s Woo.
His transition into the music business came shortly after his First Short Film SILLY Starring Nas and Tracy Morgan. He started his own production company and in a short amount of time, formed professional relationships with Jay-Z, Just Blaze, Kanye West, and Swizz Beatz all the while working on music videos for Nas, TLC, New Edition, and Notorious B.I.G. to name a few. This lead to his first Feature Film as the Cinematographer of Jay-Z FADE TO BLACK (2004).
With directing and film work under his belt, transitioning into television was a natural progression. His cinematography lead him to work on MTV News, BET News, 106 & Park, The Chappelle Show and various National TV Commercials. Theron's Producing Legacy in Television spans across numerous Networks throughout Viacom. He started by being one of the producers of BET Rap City. Most notably, he revived 90s cult hip-hop show, Yo! MTV Raps: Classic Cuts. He helped create an international presence for MTV2’s Sucker Free Countdown, which aired throughout various countries in Africa, Europe and India. Recent work with Viacom includes Post Production on multiple BET.com Projects, Nick Cannon's Wildin' Out and Produced /Directed the VH1 Digital Series Behind the Breaks. Other current projects are Editing for the NETFLIX Show Rhythm + Flow and multiple projects with Essence.com.
His plan is to make the lives of others better through his art of creating, be it film, documentaries, Music Festivals or television. His indelible mark on this industry will continue to evolve for future generations to follow!