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

The Pension Gamble, October 23rd, 2018 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Separated: Children at the Border, July 31st, 2018 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Bitter Rivals, February 20th & 27th, 2018 (PBS FRONTLINE)

The Gang Crackdown, February 13th, 2018 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Inside Yemen, October 18th, 2017 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Confronting ISIS, October 11th, 2016 (PBS FRONTLINE)

A Subprime Education, September 13th, 2016 (PBS FRONTLINE)

Chasing Heroin, 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)

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)

  • “Separated: Children at the Border” Nominated for Peabody Award

    April 9, 2019

    Rain Media documentary, “Separated: Children at the Border“, was named a 2019 George Foster Peabody Award finalist on Tuesday. “Separated” was nominated in the News category. In “Separated: Children at the Border”, acclaimed producer Marcela Gaviria and...

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  • “The Gang Crackdown” and “Bitter Rivals” awarded 2019 duPont-Columbia Gold Baton

    January 25, 2019

    FRONTLINE, the acclaimed PBS investigative series, has been honored with a Gold Baton, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards’ highest honor — a prestigious award for excellence in journalism that hasn’t been given for a decade. In a recognition of FRONTLINE’s dynamic range of work...

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  • Rain Media Wins Writer’s Guild Award

    February 12, 2018

    Confronting ISIS, Rain Media’s October 2016 investigation of the complexities and challenges of the U.S.-led fight against the terror group, won the “Documentary Script — Current Events” category at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards on February 11th, 2018. “I am honored that the guild has...

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  • 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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