Santa Monica College (SMC) continues its Communication, Media & Design Series this spring with an informative two-part talk and audience Q&A with installation artist, animator, and independent filmmaker Patrick Smith. In “Independent Animation Filmmaking with Patrick Smith – Part 1 and Part 2,” he will discuss his evolving career over the past 20 years, including how he came to animation, his early work as storyboard artist with Disney, and his move into creating his own independent films and commissioned work.

The talks are free, and will be held online as live virtual events. Part 1 is at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 4. Part 2 is at 7 p.m. Monday, May 3. A Zoom link to each talk will be posted with the listing on the SMC Events calendar at To attend the workshops, the Zoom software must be installed on the viewer’s computer. A free download is available at

The Communication, Media & Design Series is sponsored by the SMC Associates, SMC Communication and Media Studies Department, and SMC Design Technology Department.

Smith, who has made award-winning animated films for PBS, has also made more than 20 independent films that have shown in film festivals around the world. He is a fellow of the New York Foundation of the Arts, and has a YouTube channel with more than 200,000 subscribers. He is also a curator for multiple international film and animation festivals.

More information is available by calling 310-434-4100.

Submitted by Grace Smith