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 also solve real world issues.
I love creating documentaries and media for kids. My thesis film, Peace, Daal, & Partition is a documentary about 3 generations of women in my family, and impact of the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. I was awarded the Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Fred Rogers Company for my commitment to creating quality content for children.
My creative studio, Paisley Smith Creative, brings all of these passions together: art, VR, community, and story.
If you would like to collaborate, please get in touch. I'd love to chat with you!