A smile is not a paradigm is a 16mm B&W portrait made out of TripAdvisor's reviews: Jimmy the Nose is the host of the famous Italian restaurant "Umberto's Clam House" (Little Italy, New York) This place was once known to be a hot spot where members of the Italian mafia gathered. In the late 60's, one 'capo' was killed outside the restaurant and the place became alegend, but what makes it touristically famous now is Jimmy. He sings, performs, and offers free wine to catch customers, who seem to weirdly fall into the Frank-Sinatra-meets-Alice-in-
Wonderland-hole. This short film also wonders what portraying someone means, and how's Internet (Google Street View, TripAdvisor, etc.) redefining how we preconceive the city and other spaces we live in. A smile is not a paradigm is a documentary approach to someone through superficial data.
New Year/New Work 2019
A four-day program of recent additions to our growing collection of experimental and avant-garde films
Four screenings in January 2019 that showcase the wide-ranging work of new and longstanding FMC members from around the world. Curated by Emily Apter, Ladya Cheryl, and Devon Narine-Singh.
Other films by this artist in our catalogue
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Magdalena Orellanadigital, color, sound, 5 minRental format: Digital file