Winter Smiley



A curator, zinester, illustrator, and filmmaker, Winter’s multimedia work centers on archiving lost worlds and fantasies– converging the spiritual and the physical, the digital and the archival. After publishing her work in Rookie Magazine, screening her first film, Motherlands, at the San Diego Asian Film Festival and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, as well as being nominated for Best Youth Filmmaker at the Long Beach Indie Film, Media, and Music Festival at 16, she went on to found They/Us Press– a DIY, experimental arts space dedicated to collaborating with queer artists of color and getting them paid for their labor. She is currently based out in Oakland, busy working on two short documentaries– DIO (Do It Ourselves) and Hold Your Terrors Close– as well as her first feature film.

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Film Synopsis

Split into three chapters, Motherlands follows the stories of seven Filipina women as their tales interweave across generations, borders, and bloodlines.

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