Rain Media is an independent documentary production company based in New York City. The company was founded in 1998 by veteran filmmaker and journalist Martin Smith. Rain’s films have covered the most important news events of our time, from the rise of Al Qaeda and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the global financial crisis.

Since founding Rain, Smith and his producing partner Marcela Gaviria have produced and reported dozens of hours for PBS FRONTLINE and other recognized outlets. Rain’s films have won every major award in broadcast journalism, including multiple Emmys, duPont-Columbia Gold Batons, George Polk Awards, Peabody Awards, Overseas Press Club and Writers Guild Awards. Rain Media is committed to powerful storytelling, exceptional production values and intelligent reporting.

Complete Filmography

Chasing Heroin, February February 23, 2016 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Inside Assad’s Syria, October 27, 2015 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Obama at WarMay 26, 2015 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Firestone and the Warlord, November 18, 2014 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The Rise of ISIS, October 28, 2014 (PBS FRONTLINE)

United States of Secrets, Pt. 2: Privacy Lost, May 20, 2014 (PBS FRONTLINE)

To Catch a Trader, January 7, 2014 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Egypt in Crisis, September 17, 2013 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The Retirement Gamble, April 23, 2013 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The Untouchables, January 22, 2013 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The Regime Responds, September 18, 2012 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Six Billion Dollar Bet, May 22, 2012 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Cell Tower Deaths, May 22, 2012 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Money, Power and Wall Street, April 24, 2012 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The Regime, November 11, 2011 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The Interrogator, September 13, 2011 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Educating Sergeant Pantzke, June 28, 2011 (PBS FRONTLINE)

WikiSecrets, May 24, 2011 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The Private Life of Bradley Manning, May 6, 2011 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The Brothers, February 22, 2011 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The Spy Who Quit, January 18,  2011 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The Spill, October 26, 2010 (PBS FRONTLINE)

College, Inc., May 4, 2010 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The Quake, March 30, 2010 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Obama’s War, October 13, 2009 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The Madoff Affair, May 12, 2009 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The War Briefing, January 12, 2009 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Heat, October 21, 2008 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Living on the Edge, June 24, 2008 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Telling the Truth, January 28, 2008 (Columbia University)

The Medicated Child, January 8, 2008 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Gangs of Iraq, April 17, 2007 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Telling the Truth, January 28, 2007 (Columbia University)

Return of the Taliban, October 3, 2006 (PBS FRONTLINE)

State of the Union, June 30, 2006 (ABC News)

Inside Hamas, May 9, 2006 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Telling the Truth, January 26, 2006 (Columbia University)

The Storm, November 25, 2005 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Private Warriors, June 21, 2005 (PBS FRONTLINE)

House of Saud, February 8, 2005 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Reporting the War, January 11, 2005 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The Choice, October 12, 2004 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Beyond Baghdad, February 12, 2004 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Truth War and Consequences, October 9, 2003 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Kim’s Nuclear Gamble, April 10, 2003 (PBS FRONTLINE)

In Search of Al Qaeda, November 21, 2002 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The Great Divide, September 6, 2002 (ABC News)

Dot Con, January 24, 2002 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Saudi Time Bomb, November 15, 2001 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Looking For Answers, October 11, 2001 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Hunting Bin Laden, September 13, 2001 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Medicating Kids, April 10, 2001 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Drug Wars, October 9, 2000 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The Terrorist and the Superpower, April 13, 1999 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The American Game, July 20,1998 (Peter Jennings Reporting, ABC News)

Who is Tim McVeigh?, April 10, 1997 (Peter Jennings Reporting, ABC News)

Pot of Gold, March 13, 1997 (Peter Jennings Reporting, ABC News)

Rage and Betrayal, April 11, 1996 (Peter Jennings Reporting, ABC News)

Hiroshima: Why We Dropped the Bomb?, July 27, 1995 (Peter Jennings Reporting, ABC News)

In the Name of God, March 16, 1995 (Peter Jennings Reporting, ABC News)

Springfield Goes to War, November 20, 1990 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Inside Gorbachev’s USSR, May, 1989 (WGBH)

Who Pays for Aids?, June 7, 1988 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The Bombing of West Philly, May 5, 1987 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Who’s Running This War?, March 18, 1986 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Crisis in Central America: Revolution in Nicaragua, April 11, 1985 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Toxic, July 1983, (Our Times with Bill Moyers, CBS News)

CBS Reports: Guatemala, September 1, 1982 (CBS News)

CBS Reports: Central America in Revolt, March 20, 1982 (CBS News)

  • Rain Media Wins a Peabody Award

    April 24, 2015

    United States of Secrets, FRONTLINE’s two-part investigation of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities post-9/11, has been honored with a Peabody Award for excellence in documentary filmmaking. Rain Media produced Part Two of this series, examining how Silicon Valley feeds the...

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  • Rain Media Wins Emmy for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting – Long Form

    October 8, 2014

    Rain Media was a winner at the 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards with The Retirement Gamble (2013), an investigation into whether your IRA or 401(k) accounts will ensure a safe retirement. The film won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting – Long Form. The...

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  • Martin Smith Receives the 2014 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism

    September 24, 2014

    Rain Media is very proud to announce that founder Martin Smith is the recipient of the 2014 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, presented by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Smith was selected in recognition of his courageous and insightful reporting on some of...

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  • Rain Media Nominated for 3 Emmy Awards

    July 24, 2014

    Rain Media has been nominated for three News & Documentary Emmy Awards this year. The winners will be announced announced on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at a ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Center in New York City. Rain Media’s Egypt in Crisis was nominated in the...

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  • Rain Media Nominated for 2 Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism

    May 16, 2014

    Rain Media was recently nominated for two Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. The Untouchables, which explores the lack of Wall Street prosecutions in the wake of the financial crisis, is a Video/Audio Category Finalist. Federal Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who handles...

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