0 h 50 min
All on a Mardi Gras Day + I Snuck Off the Slave Ship
All on a Mardi Gras Day
Production Country and Year US, 2019 | Produced by Michal Pietrzyk | Producers Michal Pietrzyk, David Favret, Celeste Caliri, Gabriel Bienczycki | Director of Photography Gabriel Bienczycki | Sound Jason Devore | Editor Michal Pietrzyk | Contact Michal Pietrzyk
In a gentrifying New Orleans, black artist Demond Melancon sacrifices to be Big Chief in a secret 200-year subculture known as Mardi Gras Indians: African-American men from the city's roughest neighbourhoods who spend all year sewing feathered suits they'll wear only once, in a battle to decide who's "the prettiest." The film is an intimate portrait of one man’s obsessive journey to honour the bond between runaway slave ancestors and the Native Americans who housed them during their escape.
Michal Pietrzyk was born in Poland and immigrated to the US after his father's imprisonment as a member of the anti-communist movement Solidarity. He started his career as an editor of unscripted television, graduating to a producer for National Geographic, Discovery and others. All On a Mardi Gras Day is his directorial debut.
I Snuck Off the Slave Ship
Production Country and Year US, 2018 | Producers Brittany Nugent, Matt Arnett | Director of Photography Charles Miller | Editor Joy Davenport | Contact Raw Music International
I Snuck Off the Slave Ship is a metaphor for African American transcendence. Lonnie Holley has been adrift across timelines for longer than he can remember. Using advanced technology of his own design, he does his best to transgress reality with his imagination, liberating the people he meets along the way, including different versions of himself. Temporal talismans guide Lonnie through the fragmented mundanities and phenomena of the Black American experience, as felt in his own life and beyond.
Cyrus Moussavi is a filmmaker, record producer, and the founder of Raw Music International, a documentary collective producing films about underground music around the world. His latest film, I Snuck Off the Slave Ship, co-directed by artist and musician Lonnie Holley, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. He is co-owner of Mississippi Records, a label focusing on vinyl reissues and new recordings from overlooked artists across timelines.
Cyrus Moussavi will be present at WOMEX 19 and there will be a Q&A after the screening. This will be followed by a showreel of previous work by Raw Music International.
See other screenings: WOMEX 19 at Arthouse Cinema Niagara