Concordia University

Patrick Brian Smith

Part-time Professor, Cinema

Patrick Brian Smith is a Film and Moving Image Studies PhD Candidate in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, Montreal. His research interests include experimental nonfiction cinema, the politics of space, Marxist geography, late-capitalism's (un)representability, and the essay film. He is currently working on a thesis project entitled "The Politics of Spatiality in Experimental Non-Fiction Cinema," which maps out the presence of a spatio-political tendency within a diverse corpus of contemporary experimental nonfiction films. Fundamentally, within an epoch structured around the machinations of transnational global capital, authoritarian state (and supra-state) governance, the birth of an obfuscated neo-colonialism and neoliberalist political hegemony, how can contemporary moving image practices capture—and, concomitantly, offer modes of resistance to—the spatial machinations of contemporary power relations?

Teaching activities

FFAR 250 - Keywords: Reading the Arts Across the Disciplines
Tutorial leader with Dr. MJ Thompson, Dr. Anja Bock, and Dr. Tammer El-Sheikh
Fall 2015 - Winter 2018

FMST 211 - Film History to 1959
Part-time Instructor
Winter 2018

FMST 332 - Issues in Independent Cinema: Cinema of Resistance in a Neoliberal Age
Part-time Instructor
Winter 2019


Smith, Patrick Brian. “Evidentiary Aesthetics: Landscapes of Violence at RIDM 2017.” NECSUS European Journal of Media Studies 14 (2018),

Smith, Patrick Brian, Stephen Connolly and Matthew Gibson. “Visualising Spatial Injustice and Exploitation, Q&A with Alberto Toscano and Miranda Pennell.” Mediapolis 3, no. 2 (2018),

Smith, Patrick Brian and Patrick Brodie. "Documenting Capital: Intersections of Free Trade Zone Architecture and Digital Filmmaking." Pause Button 4 (2017),

Smith, Patrick Brian. "The Politics of Spatiality in Experimental Nonfiction Cinema: Jonathan Perel’s 'Toponimia.'" NECSUS European Journal of Media Studies 5, no. 2 (2016): 49-71.


Smith, Patrick Brian. "Working/Slow: Cinematic Style as Labour in Wang Bing’s Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks." In Traditions in World Cinema: Slow Cinema, edited by Tiago de Luca and Nuno Jorge, 180-191. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015. 

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