Welcome to Smart New Media®


Smart New Media is a Manhattan-based syndication service that provides film-related editorial print and video content. For example we created and produced the [video] movie-streaming series NETFLIX NOW! WITH COLE SMITHEY, and FILMSTRUCK STREAMING WITH COLE SMITHEY for Forbes. "If you want the job done right, hire a professional." Cole Smithey is that old school professional.

Smart New Media has created several popular video essay series including, The Directors Series, Cole Smithey Helps You Win Your Oscar Pool, and our annual BEST 10 FILMS OF THE YEAR series, as well as a host of listicle videos.

Cole's daily capsule film reviews feature prominently on Rotten Tomatoes.

Our HD video programs can be sized to fit anywhere on your site, and can be used on multiple pages. Explore the site while you're here; this is cinema in the round. 

Contact us at (212) 369-3937 to discuss details and our reasonable rates.

Bespoke Video Programming

Apart from writing, directing, and producing video essays, Cole is available to create unique film-related video columns tailored to represent your site’s brand as exclusive video content. Contact Cole to discuss the type of format you’d like to see, and the kind of editorial coverage you have in mind to add entertainment depth to your site’s video options. Everything from art to politics to music and Cinema is up for grabs. We can work together.

Exclusive Film Reviews - Specialty Articles

Cole is available to deliver quick turnaround on film festival coverage, reviews of specially assigned film titles, and specialty videos and articles on any range of subject matter; the sky's the limit. Cole is also available as a film commentator for radio, television, and DVD commentary. 

Film Festival Coverage

Cole can to travel to film festivals anywhere in the world to deliver exclusive film festival coverage on behalf of your media outlet, providing you with extensive print and video coverage that can include celebrity and filmmaker interviews — in print, video, or both formats.

Compilation of bi-daily video coverage of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival



Hire Cole to work remotely on staff for your outlet as an editor-in-chief, a senior film editor, or as a contributing film critic or film commentator for podcasts, television, and radio. 

Cinema Is Dead

Script Consulting

Cole will consult on treatments, script polishes, and screenplay development. Cole specializes in structure, character development, and dialogue.



Marcus PinnEpisode #114 with Marcus Pinn discussing Tarkovsky's ANDREI RUBLEV over STONE DELICIOUS IPA

The (130+ episodes) craft-beer-and-movies podcast series features veteran film critic Cole Smithey and various guest co-hosts from the entertainment, comedy, craft beer and New York City community of creatives to copiously consume international politics and culture through the prism of a single film, and a different craft beer each week. We are open to craft beer sponsorships. Naturally, Cole is available to guest-host on your podcast. Get in touch!

5th & Park: The Carnegie Hill Film & Fiction Walking Tour


Cole's five-star rated film and fiction walking tour of Carnegie Hill along Museum Mile is available everyday except Saturday at 3 p.m. with a reservation.

The 95-minute walking tour starts at 3pm in front of the Guggenheim Museum (88th and 5th Avenue) and ends in front of the Metropolitan Museum (83rd and 5th Avenue). The tour includes visits to Central Park, the Kahn and Carnegie Mansions, and a plethora of famous locations used in films such as: "84 Charing Cross Road," "American Psycho," "The House on 92nd Street," "The International," "The Fisher King," and "Marathon Man." The former homes of Marlene Dietrich, Jacquelin Kennedy Onassis, J.D. Salinger, Andy Warhol, and Truman Capote show up as well.


No visit to Manhattan is complete without a visit to Central Park and Museum Mile; "5th & Park" connects the film and fiction dots. 

Directing Duties

Cole is available to direct theatrical plays, film, and documentaries. Get in touch.

Cole Smithey

  Everything Else

Contact Cole for public speaking engagements, radio and television appearances, teaching opportunities, film festival juries, seminars, and other film related events.


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This website is dedicated to Agnès Varda and to Luis Buñuel.

Groupthink doesn't live here, critical thought does.

Cole Smithey on Patreon


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