Service with a Smile

Service with a Smile is an eight-hour long experimental film in which I created an arbitrary and grueling form of work and filmed a “shift” in its entirety. By doing so, I hope to shed light on some of the issues plaguing workers in our capitalist society. One of the biggest issues I see today is the eight-hour workday. Vast improvements in technology have caused a drastic increase in productivity. Despite these improvements, workers are still forced to spend most of their lives working just to make ends meet. This constant need to go to work in order to survive causes great fatigue, both emotionally and physically. This film has come about as a result of my frustrations with being forced to work to live, rather than being able to live to work, and I know that these feelings are not uncommon with many others who also work in the service industry.