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Leigh Reagan Smith

Documentary Filmmaker, Writer & Artist

 

Soul Creative is a multimedia company focused on bringing creativity, inspiration, and joy into people's lives.   

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Soul Creative offers creativity classes, creativity tips, a monthly interview with a Creative Warrior, a person who redefines what creativity means, video and film production, SoulRise Podcast about inspiring individuals who unapologetically define what it means to live from the soul, a blog about my inspirations and favorite recipes that have helped me to heal with foods, and an art shop. 

I am a mom, documentary filmmaker, writer, and artist.  It has been my love of storytelling that has defined everything that I do.  Stories connect us all and share our humanity and history.  It is my desire to share my love of storytelling and educate ways to connect to our innate creativity that fueled my lifestyle multimedia business, Soul Creative Media.

 

I have been a cinematographer and editor on documentaries and short films for national PBS, National Geographic, and network programming.  My filmography includes, Bag It, The Drift, Uranium Drive In, Lady B's First Winter, We Sing Where I'm From, Bidder 70, and Don't Fence Me In.  During my 2 years as a staff editor for Teton Gravity Research in Jackson, WY., I edited Re-evolution, an extreme sports series for the Showtime Network.  As a freelance video editor, I continue to edit documentaries, short films, web videos, and online yoga programming for Yoga Today.  Currently, I'm finishing post production on my film, A Noble Pursuit, the story of a community coming together to achieve one of the most significant oil and gas lease buyouts in American history.  A Noble Pursuit will have online screenings across the United States in 2021.

 

For the past 15 years, I have shared my love of storytelling as a creative arts instructor.  I teach youth filmmaking camps, video, creative writing, creativity workshops, and photography for Central Wyoming College, The Mountain Academy, The Jackson Hole Community School, and the Jackson Hole Art Association.  I'm excited to share my Soul Creative Media online classes for 2020/20210.  I'm offering Creative Writing, Soul Creative Immersion, Julia Cameron's, The Artist's Way, Soul Creative Business Bootcamp, and Creative Photography.  To learn about this year's classes go HERE.

 

Teaching brings me joy as my students find their creative confidence, voice, and focus.  My online creativity classes are designed to assist people in finding the tools that they need to begin a new business, idea, project, or book.  As a business owner and instructor, I know the importance of encouragement, shared experiences, and positive critical analysis when first attempting to create something new.  We are all creative in different ways and we all have a soul's purpose to share our creative way of seeing things with others.  

My blog, Soul Creative , online articles, creativity tips, and soon to launch podcast, Soul Stories, comes from my passion to connect us through storytelling and the creativity we all share.    

 

As we find joy in what we do, we inspire everyone around us to do the same.  Let's create!   

You are welcome to follow Soul Creative Media on Instagram at @soulcreativemedia

                                      

Since graduating from The School of Visual Arts in NYC with an MFA in Photography and Video, I have enjoyed working as a cinematographer and editor for documentary films and story driven video content screened on PBS, Showtime, National Geographic, and film festivals all over the world.

 

I was director of photography on the award winning film, Bag It, www.bagitmovie.com, an entertaining and eye opening expose about world-wide plastic consumption and the health of our oceans.  Bag It is available for viewing on Netflix.com.  

 

I'm currently editing, A Noble Pursuit, a film about the heart of a community in Sublette County, Wyoming coming together across political divides to fight to save cherished public land situated along a wildlife corridor.  This film project is produced by The Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation and will be screened in libraries across Wyoming in 2019/2020.

 

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In a desire to do something about the possible loss of our public lands, I documented the grassroots efforts to save 1000’s of acres in the Wyoming Range from development.  This film is a celebration of our community and all the interesting, diverse, and passionate residents of Wyoming who came together in unprecedented support of one another in their fight to save a cherished mountain wilderness.

 

The people's message resonated loud and clear and resulted in overwhelming support for a buyout of the company’s leases.  Thanks to concerned citizens, 58,000 acres will now be protected in perpetuity.  This success story is a road map for how other communities across the United States can effectively work along side our neighbors, elected officials and conservation groups to continue to preserve and protect our public lands.

Everything I create originates from my passion in telling stories.  My favorite thing to ask my dad as a kid was, "Tell me a story".  Whether it be documentary film, writing, or even painting, I am a storyteller at heart.  I have learned that my unique sensibility and passion for storytelling is what fuels everything I do in life.  I love to share my creativity and inspire each of us to express our individual stories.

After being altered by a series of traumatic losses and ultimately the death of my dad due to dementia, I became inspired to write a book about over-coming grief, loss, and trauma.  I'm currently in the process of writing, Sunflowers For Lily, and I invite you to share any stories of grief or trauma that you or a loved one has endured.  In each chapter I interview people from all walks of life who understand the depths of loss.

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