Profile: Russell Smith/ Producer/ Oscar Nom/Juno

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Russell Smith joined partners John Malkovich and Lianne Halfon in forming the company Mr. Mudd. In 2001, Mr. Mudd produced Ghost World, a live action feature based on Dan Clowes' comic, directed by Terry Zwigoff (Crumb) and starring Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi. Ghost World was released to critical acclaim and earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. The Dancer Upstairs directed by Malkovich and starring Academy Award® nominee Javier Bardem was released in May 2003 by Fox Searchlight. In 2008, Fox Searchlight released the Mandate/Mr. Mudd produced picture Juno. Directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, Smith, Halfon and Malkovich produced along with Mason Novick. Juno became the third biggest indie release of all-time. It received Oscar nomination for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay.Most recently, Smith executive produced Which Way Home, a documentary by Sundance award winner Rebecca Cammisa. Which Way Home tells the story of children crossing the border from Mexico into the United States and was developed with HBO. Shot in Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala and the American southwest, Which Way Home premiered on HBO in August of 2009. You can email your questions to and we'll answer them "LIVE ON AIR." Link: Follow us on "Twitter" at