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My partner David Redmon and I (Ashley Sabin) began our career in independent filmmaking and the start of our production company Carnivalesque Films with Mardi Gras: Made in China. Mardi Gras: Made in China follows the path of Mardi Gras beads from the streets of New Orleans during Carnival to the disciplined factories in Fuzhou, China – where teenage girls live and sew beads together all day and night. We distributed Mardi Gras: Made in China around the world by booking screenings, and selling DVDs out of our backpacks.

While on the distribution road we completed our second, third, and fourth documentaries (Kamp Katrina, Intimidad and Invisible Girlfriend). After distributing these three films we decided to make it official and open up a distribution branch to our production company.

Now all four of those film, plus films by other…

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  • Born on October 30
  • Joined December 10, 2007

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About

My partner David Redmon and I (Ashley Sabin) began our career in independent filmmaking and the start of our production company Carnivalesque Films with Mardi Gras: Made in China. Mardi Gras: Made in China follows the path of Mardi Gras beads from the streets of New Orleans during Carnival to the disciplined factories in Fuzhou, China – where teenage girls live and sew beads together all day and night. We distributed Mardi Gras: Made in China around the world by booking screenings, and selling DVDs out of our backpacks.

While on the distribution road we completed our second, third, and fourth documentaries (Kamp Katrina, Intimidad and Invisible Girlfriend). After distributing these three films we decided to make it official and open up a distribution branch to our production company.

Now all four of those film, plus films by other independent filmmakers (Orphans, Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose, Manhattan, Kansas), are available through Netflix, Amazon and - best of all - local video stores, libraries, and colleges across the country. We continue to book our films under the Carnivalesque Films label and allow each film to have a life that builds momentum.

We have more planned releases for this spring/summer and have just started our fifth documentary Twisted, a story about fashion, models and landscapes.

We are challenging the model of distribution and will continue to pursue our own irrational dreams of creating and getting the work out there. We approach distribution one day at a time, focusing on the ethics of commitment, hard work, and small moments of intimacy combined with skill and heart so films can live full and deliberate lives. As filmmakers David and I understand the joys and pains of making films and therefore our empathetic approach is “by filmmakers for filmmakers.”
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