David Redmon's excellent 2005 documentary, MARDI GRAS: MADE IN CHINA, will finally see a home video release on July 29. Winner of the Florida Film Festival Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature, the film remarkably was the first of three straight by the filmmaker to play in competition at the FFF over a 4-year period--KAMP KATRINA (2007) and INTIMIDAD (2008), co-directed by partner Ashley Sabin, are equally fine docs in their own right. Hopefully, they too will get a DVD release in the coming months.
MARDI GRAS: MADE IN CHINA folows the curious, sometimes humorous path of Mardi Gras beads from the naked streets of New Orleans during Carnival--where revelers party and exchange beads for women flashing their boobs--to the disciplined factories in Fuzhou, China, where teenage girls live and sew beads together around the clock for a pittance. With its skillful blend of verite footage and revealing interviews, this is one story about one product that begs larger questions about globalization and the glaring discrepancies between the haves and the have-nots. And with its substantial bonus features including deleted scenes, clips from upcoming films, and a worker's diary, this is a DVD that should appeal to many and is worth seeking out from the usual sources. Congratulations to David, Ashley, and Carnivalesque Films for their first exciting release.