Something in The Water

Work type





 - A

USA, 11m, Digital


Upon finding out her little brother has lead poisoning, Leah embarks on a journey to find the source of the contamination in her community.


Director: Po-Yu Chen
Writer/Producer: Josalynn Smith
Director of Photography: Kevin Galloway
Production Design: Beth Ashby
Editor: Po-Yu Chen
Composer: Trevor Moore
Cast: Alexis Bellamy, Delisa Richards, Kate Lingoni, Travis McKee, OJ Bolden, King McKee


Contact: Josalynn Smith,



About the Director

Po-Yu Chen

Po-Yu Chen is a Taiwanese film director who currently lives in New York City. His work explores how people live in the city and deal with desire, solitude, and memories. He is in his third year of the Columbia University School of the Arts MFA Film Program.

About the Writer/Producer

Jossalynn Smith

Josalynn Smith started in the industry as an interviewer on the award-winning documentary, Jim Crow to Barack Obama (2013). Recently, Smith received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant for her thesis film, Something in the Water, a narrative short that she wrote and produced. Smith earned her BA from Washington University and is pursuing an MFA in Film at Columbia University.



Friday, May 17, 5:30 pm
Walter Reade Theater



Program A Encore: Saturday, May 18, 12 pm, Lenfest Center for the Arts; Free and open to the public