Synopsis: In a gentrifying New Orleans, Demond sacrifices to be Big Chief in a secret 200-year culture known as Mardi Gras Indians, African-American men from the city’s roughest neighborhoods who spend all year sewing feathered suits they’ll wear only once, in a battle to decide who’s “the prettiest.”
There was no preproduction on this film. I met Big Chief Demond the day before we started filming. In hindsight, it was the right way to tell this story because the audience is learning about this unique subculture at the same time I was. It eliminated any prejudice or agenda.