Julia Kim Smith

the real wi-fi of baltimore
The Real Wi-Fi Of Baltimore promo

Featuring the genre-busting talent of James Nasty and TT the Artist, The Real Wi-Fi Of Baltimore offers a punny and nuanced view of Baltimore neighborhoods in a short film edited from iPhone screenshots of Wi-Fi network names. The Real Wi-Fi Of Baltimore poses this challenge: Are we connected?

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James Nasty is a Baltimore-based DJ and club producer.
TT the Artist is a Baltimore-based singer, rapper, and producer.
Julia Kim Smith is a Baltimore-based multidisciplinary artist whose work takes on issues of racism, sexism, misrepresentation, and underrepresentation—by any means necessary.

“Baltimore is the world. The world is Baltimore.”
Your Face In Mine, Jess Row

In the wake of the Freddie Gray uprising, I was traveling around Baltimore, lost and looking for a Wi-Fi connection, and was fascinated by the Wi-Fi network names that came up on my phone. I started taking screenshots which I edited into a short film. Thanks to a Rubys Artist Grant, I was able to remaster the film for projection on the big screen and combine forces with James Nasty and TT the Artist to produce an original soundtrack for the film, “Are U Connected?”–both a question and a challenge.
— Julia Kim Smith, Director

Sondheim Semi-Finalist Exhibition, MICA, Baltimore, MD, July 21-August 6
Slamdance Film Festival, Park City, UT, January 20-26
Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, CA, February 28-March 12
Calgary Underground Film Festival, Calgary, Canada, April 17-23
The Real Wi-Fi Of Baltimore precedes the feature Dave Made A Maze.

The Real Wi-Fi Of Baltimore one sheet

Still from The Real Wi-Fi Of Baltimore: Hampden