press for clayton dean smith

“Clayton Dean Smith makes a strong impression with a subtle performance.” 
The New York Times (for Outward Bound)

“Smith gives a gripping performance as Winston, capturing his initial defiance and ultimate surrender, and his torture scene with the rat cage in Room 101 is truly frightening.” 
The New York Times (for 1984)

“Surprisingly complex.” 
Time Out New York (for Outward Bound)

“An electric performance.” 
The New Yorker (for 1984)

"Truly, he is in danger of stealing the entire show."
- (for Coming, Aphrodite!)

“A beautifully understated Clayton Dean Smith.” 
Theatermania (for Outward Bound)

“A go-for-broke performance.” (for Conquest of the Universe)


press for off track betty

ReviewBowery Boogie
"Packed with bittersweet, close-to-home observations, like grass growing through a chain link fence, or plaster crumbling from a hallway corner. The storyline is complex in its simplicity; it masterfully balances coming to grips with an ever-gentrifying city, while never letting go of the hopeful heartstrings that twist New York into the magical place it can be."

ReviewThe Bowery Boys
"...A tribute (and a bit of an elegy) to a Lower East Side that’s now entirely gone, beautifully filmed in that area now entirely consumed by the Essex Crossing project. We especially love this film as we started the Bowery Boys podcast just a couple blocks from where Clayton shot this. This is a terrific and unconventional tribute to a particular wedge of New York City life."


July 19, 2015: The New York Times
"Capturing a Neighborhood's Essence on Film, Before They Both Vanish," James Barron

July 7, 2016: Lens Flared
"Off Track Betty: An Interview with Short Film Director Clayton Dean Smith," Mary Thornton

June 1, 2016: Bedford and Bowery
"Short Film Captures the Lower East Side Before Essex Crossing Changes the Fabric," Kavitha Surana

July 20, 2015: Bedford and Bowery
"Meet Writer and Director Clayton Dean Smith, Who Shot a New Indie Film Called Off Track Betty on Suffolk Street," Lil Nugs

June 3, 2016: The New York Times
"Off Track Betty": A Festival Highlight

April 2, 2017: The Kansas City Star
"Notable Entries in the Film Fest Line-Up," Jon Niccum

May 31, 2016: The Lo-Down
“ 'Off Track Betty' to Premiere This Weekend," Ed Litvak

July 1, 2015: The Lo-Down
"Here's 'Off Track Betty,' One Local Filmmaker's Take on a Changing Lower East Side," Ed Litvak

May 25, 2016: Bowery Boogie
"LES-Based ‘Off Track Betty’ Premieres at Brooklyn Film Festival Next Month," Elie Perler

July 1, 2015: Bowery Boogie
"‘Off Track Betty’ Short Film Captures Delancey Street in Flux, and One Woman’s Faded Sense of Belonging," Elie Perler

July 3, 2015: Viewing NYC
"Off Track Betty, a Lower East Side Story on 16mm Film," Alexandra Hudson

September 8, 2015: Luxury Listings NYC
"A Filmmaker’s Meta Experience Capturing the Changing LES," Jennifer White Karp