About us

We're passionate film-makers who believe documentary film is the most powerful way of provoking thought and engaging people in dialogue. Our focus is on the link between intimate stories and their wider social and geo-political contexts and our work aims to highlight every facet of these stories to inform and challenge our viewers' own ideas about how they understand the world.

Katie Green is a Director/ Producer/ Cinematographer from London, UK.  Her background focuses on bridging the gap between social/ political issues and personal stories.  She is one half of the writing team behind In Prison My Whole Life (winner of Best Film Prize and Geneva Human Rights Film Festival, Sundance Channel) and co-producer of Starsuckers (London Film Festival, More 4:True Stories). She has also co-produced documentary programs for Current TV and BBC Radio.

Carlye Rubin is a New York-based documentary journalist/writer passionate about storytelling and bringing under-covered issues to the wider collective audience. After producing American Meat and working as an Assistant Editor on The Swell Season, she co-founded 'Smoke & Apple Films' with Katie in 2011.

Tina Grapenthin is an Editor and Producer who began her career as an assistant editor on numerous award winning documentaries, including If A Tree Falls (Oscar nomination for Best Feature Doc 2012, winner of the Editing Award 2011 Sundance Film Festival; PBS), Racing Dreams (winner Tribeca Film Festival,PBS), and Good Fortune (News & Documentary Emmy 2011, winner Silverdocs 2010, PBS).  Since then she edited HBO Documentary The (Dead Mothers) Club and co-edited The Supreme Prize (2014, AFI Docs, Full Frame) and is now collaborating with Smoke & Apple on their second feature, No Place For Children. 

S&A's directorial debut project 'The (Dead Mothers) Club' was acquired by HBO Documentaries and aired there and on several affiliate networks around the world during 2014-2015. We're currently in production on our second documentary project, exploring the experiences of families affected by America's juvenile justice system.