U of I Writer's Workshop
Andrew's essays and poetry have been published in literary and national magazines, including Gulf Coast, Surface, GQ, and Ploughshares. He has taught at the University of Iowa, the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and is an Assistant Professor in the Media Arts program at the University of Montana. Andrew lives in Brooklyn and Missoula, Montana.
Along with his twin brother Alex Smith, Andrew co-wrote and co-directed the critically-acclaimed feature film The Slaughter Rule. The film premiered in the Dramatic Competition at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. One of only two American features to screen at the prestigious New Directors/New Films series at the Museum of Modern Art, The Slaughter Rule went on to play at over two dozen national and international film festivals, garnering awards at the Santa Fe, Nashville and Great Plains Film Festivals, as well as the Critic’s Prize at the Stockholm International Film Festival. Released in theaters in spring 2003 by Cowboy Pictures, The Slaughter Rule was acquired for cable and home video distribution by the Sundance Channel.
The Smith Brothers are currently writing Son of the Gun, a modern retelling of the Oedipus myth, for Fox Searchlight, and Youngbloods, the story of Pop Warner and the Carlisle Indians, for ESPN Original Entertainment. They have also written The Faithful, a Civil War ghost story, for Disney Pictures; The Garden, for Columbia Studios, and The Radioactive Boy Scout for HBO Pictures/Warner Brothers. In addition, they wrote Out of the Woods with Chris Offutt, adapted from several of Offutt’s short stories. Alex and Andrew received a rare film development grant from the Montana Cultural Trust to write The Wide Open, a revisionist western set in the Jazz Age. They also worked on the script of Lars Von Trier’s Dancer In The Dark. Alex wrote Out Of Love, a screen adaptation of a Chekhov novella, for Terrence Malick and Ed Pressman Productions. The brothers Smith also co-wrote and co-directed several short films, including We Won It All Once, adapted from the work of James Welch, and the keening, which aired on FXM and has played at numerous film festivals, including the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.