Hi, I'm Paisley
I'm a Canadian Virtual Reality filmmaker in sunny Los Angeles, California.
I make immersive films that people can touch, feel and move through. This experience creates highly engaged, attentive audiences.
I believe we can use technology to connect more deeply with ourselves, and the world around us.
The stories I tell are guided by my belief that if we are honest about our own experiences - the good, the bad, and the vulnerable – we can make a positive change in the world:
With Homestay, I wanted audiences to think about how we understand family and cultural differences, and to share my personal, and frustrating, experience of coming to terms with suicide and grief.
Art VR works of the 1980's inspired me to work with Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun on Unceded Territories. This project is about standing in solidarity with First Nations and Indigenous people fighting for climate justice.
I am passionate about community. I started Virtual Reality Girls in 2015 as a space to connect with, and showcase women working in emerging technology. VRG has evolved, joined forces, and grown into it's own universe - Women in VR/AR, a thriving community of over 10K people.
Designer Caitlin Conlen and I lead Feminist Futures, a world building workshop where we design, build, and create the stories for an intersectional, feminist utopian future. This design thinking process can be used to create fiction, and as a way to find solutions for real world issues.
I launched my creative studio and interactive storytelling business, Paisley Smith Creative, in 2019.
If you would like to collaborate, please email me so we can find a time to talk. All this VR and this gal still loves an old fashioned phone call.
In a while, crocodile!
Paisley Smith is a Canadian filmmaker & virtual reality creator based in Los Angeles, California and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Paisley Smith is the creator of Homestay, an interactive VR documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada Interactive, with Jam3. Homestay has screened internationally at IDFA DocLab2017, Expanded Realitiesat the Open City Doc Fest (London), Reel Asian International Film Festival (Toronto), and the Vancouver International Film Festival's Immersed 2018, where it won the BC Spotlight Audience Award.
Smith is the recipient of the 2018 Sundance Institute and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fellowship for her forthcoming VR experience, Unceded Territories, a collaboration with acclaimed artist and VR pioneer Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, with support from Creative B.C. Unceded Territories will have it's World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival at Tribeca Immersive 2019.
Paisley is a visiting artist at the University of Southern California's Interactive Media Division's Mobile & Environmental Media Lab, led by Scott Fisher.
Smith holds an MFA from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, which she attended on a Fulbright scholarship. She received her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Film and Media Studies and Art History from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.