Mastermind 2013 Honorable Mention: JeanPaul Mallozzi

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JeanPaul Mallozzi
Your work often deals with children. What do you miss most about childhood?
Just the randomness of playing games. I mean that's really a big thing for me. Fortunately I have some weird friends who would do this, when we get the time, we'd probably require a few beers. We used to do mimosas and Monopoly. Five or six people and we'd play hard. There was this saying: if you're not willing to lose your friends over a board game, you're not playing hard enough. We'd give out more money and start rolling, start buying. The mimosas would flow, so obviously shit talking would flow, deals would flow. I would tend to win most times, I'd make some epic deals. That's what I miss. I miss doing that. I'm still a kid at heart. I won't lose that and I try to never forget that. If I wasn't, I don't think I could do this as long as I've been doing it. I've got to get another board game going. I was always the top hat. They just [got rid of] the iron. I don't know anybody that played that ever wanted to be the iron!

Favorite color?
Green. I don't know why, there's something about it. I relate it to food, I relate it to good wealth, to good luck. My eyes are green. There's something about it I just love.

What's one thing that Miami does better than NYC?
You're asking me a tough question 'cause you're talking about my home. That's my home base. One of the things, it's obvious but it was helpful. I got to touch base with my mother's side of the family. There's a huge Cuban community down here, a Cuban influence. I grew up in a neighborhood that was prominently Jewish and Korean. We were the odd family out. It was cool, a whole range of friends would be coming to my house and they were enamored with my family who was loud, boisterous, big on food, family, and a language that was spilling out everywhere, Spanish nobody understood.

Down here when I got here, I wasn't Cuban enough. It's a whole culture here that I knew nothing about. My Spanish was rusty. I started becoming more in tune with it and took a lot more from it. Hialeah and obviously South Beach offers a huge array of different things. There's a huge Spanish thread through it all, a Cuban thread. The food, some of the food down here is fantastic. So I'll always be grateful to Miami for that. Roots from my family, roots I didn't know about.

2013 Mastermind Award Honorable Mentions:
Kevin Arrow
Pioneer Winter
The Overthrow
The Gutter Film Series
Daniel Reskin
Manny Prieres
Nate Delinois
Reed van Brunschot
Bookleggers Public Library
Ruben Ubiera
I'm Not Gonna Move To LA
Magnus Sigurdarson
Autumn Casey
Andrew "Zig" Leipzig
Brookhart Jonquil
JeanPaul Mallozzi

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