MEET THE TEAM
CHAD ERIC SMITH
Founder & Owner
Chad Eric Smith is a native of Washington, DC with over 15 years of experience as a professional actor both on stage and in front of the camera. In 2014, he added filmmaker to his resume when he co-wrote and starred in his film directorial debut, the short comedy Dark Therapy. For his performance as a vampire with an irrational fear of blood, he received the Gold Peer Award in the "Acting on Camera - Fiction Male" category from the Television, Internet & Video Association of DC (TIVA-DC). The film received a worldwide distribution deal on REVOLT TV.
In 2017, Smith wrote, produced, and directed the short psychological sci-fi drama Rumination with his production company MisterDuke Productions. The film follows Elliott (Kelvin Drama), a heartbroken man haunted by regret and the memories of an ex-girlfriend. He meets Renard (Danny Gavigan), a quirky neuroscientist who offers to alleviate his distress with a new scientific method: a top-secret drug that enables time travel. In 2018, Rumination, which also stars former MISS DC USA L. Angus Whinfield, was an official selection at over 30 film festivals and won over 20 awards before becoming available on Amazon Prime and kweliTV.
In 2019, Smith co-produced and starred in the short sci-fi drama Fatherless, written and directed by William M. Crouch of LT4 Productions. He portrays Logan Avery, a troubled young physicist, who, with the help of an eccentric mentor (Michael Mau), seeks to develop time travel in an attempt to fix his childhood. The film had its world premiere on February 29, 2020 at the Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival, where Smith won the "Best Performance" award.
Washington, DC's Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment (OFCTME) named Smith the October 2019 Filmmaker of the Month.
Additionally, Smith is a multi-media consultant. Most notably, he provided consulting for the national non-profit Men Can Stop Rape, where he wrote, directed, and edited public service announcements, promotional videos, and documentaries intended for the organization’s social media content and/or for third-party stakeholders. Smith was responsible for the 60 second promo highlighting MCSR’s revolutionary platform UASKDMV and the MOST Club Reaction to Gillette's "The Best Men Can Be" Ad video, which was featured on Thrive Global and mentioned on NPR’s 1A podcast.
In 2020, Smith relocated to Philadelphia, PA, where he serves as the TANF Manager at Mural Arts Philadelphia, "the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change."
Smith is also a founding member of the Diverse Writers & Artists Of Speculative Fiction, a writers support group.
MisterDuke Productions was founded in 2017. The name "MisterDuke" derives from Smith's first two beloved childhood dogs.
Director of Public Relations & Special Events
Nina Harrison, the Director of Public Relations & Special Events, is a proud native of Washington, DC. She is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Business with a Professional Certificate in Event Management and brings to the company over 15 years of experience coordinating film screenings, red carpet premieres, industry mixers, and more.
Nina is responsible for leading, planning, and executing fundraising initiatives. In addition, she engages regional and national art communities and responds to the needs of clients, sponsors, and partners.
Voice Over Artist
Kevin Walker – Sleepwalker – was born in the 1970s in Queens to a Jamaican immigrant family. He grew up in the Washington, DC area. For almost two decades he cared for children from babyhood through elementary school-age as a teacher and after-school leader. Throughout the duration of that career he also worked as a professional singer-songwriter, associated with groups including Northstarr International and Inkwell and the Freeword. At present, he sings with the Wammie Award-winning reggae band Shamans of Sound, and is a voice actor and coach. Inspired by the conflict and racism to which the Trump era gave birth, Sleepwalker has become an online activist seeking to connect with and challenge the assumptions of people he’d be unlikely to meet in real life.
Voice Over Artist
Crystal Judkins – Xperience J – is a self published author, poet, songwriter and an all around creative from Alexandria, Virginia. She is the co-founder of Two Pens and a Grind Publications, where she continues to self publish diverse and creatively provocative reads for all to enjoy. Her latest release, “Onyx McFly Saves the Day!,” is a fabulous children’s book which will delight and inspire young children to be their own superhero. Aside from writing, Crystal is also a freelance voice over artist and is currently creating her very own scripted podcast series which she hopes to release in the fall/winter 2019.