David Redmon is a documentarian who explores storytelling at the gape he locates between fiction and non-fiction. With his partner, Ashley Sabin, he makes films that he says "mash together contrasting styles and jarring images, intentionally violating accepted rules of perfect cuts, standard lighting, and conventional storytelling." He explains that, "In real life, people behave irrationally, succumbing to madness and sometimes self-destruction while pursuing their desires." The couple's Carnivalesque Films, based in Maine, has produced, directed, edited and filmed productions that have been screened at Sundance, SXSW, Toronto, Visions du Reel, Vienna, Tribeca, the Museum of Modern Art, Hot Docs, Human Rights Watch and have been shown on PBS, the BBC and other U.S. and international entities.
Downeast - 2012
Girl Model - 2011
Invisible Girlfriend - 2009
Intimidad - 2008
Kamp Katrina - 2007
Mardi Gras: Made in China - 2005
Downeast (Orig.) / 2012 / United States / 80 min
The slogan on the the 'Welcome to Maine' sign leading into Gouldsboro reads "Open for Business," but the recent closure of the sardine canning factory has brought this small coastal town to a total standstill. Its laid-off residents—mostly 70-year-olds—just want to get back to work, so when Italian immigrant Antonio Bussone arrives from Boston aiming to open a new lobster processing plant, most of the local labor welcomes him with open arms...
Invisible Girlfriend (Orig.) / 2009 / United States / 70 min
Charles is in love with his invisible girlfriend, Joan of Arc, so he decides to ride his big red bicycle 400 miles from Monroe through rural Louisiana to find her in a New Orleans bar. Along the way, he encounters a farmer, a witch, a tin man, and a man who honors the dead...
Kamp Katrina (Orig.) / 2009 / United States / 76 min
Kamp Katrina, an award winning cinéma vérité documentary, follows a small group of people who have taken refuge in a garden transformed into a tent city by an extraordinary New Orleans couple, Ms. Pearl and her husband, David. Kamp Katrina focuses on the dialectic between madness and hope in their pursuit of stability.
Mardi Gras: Made in China (Orig.) / 2005 / United States / 73 min
Winner of twenty-one national and international awards, Mardi Gras: Made in China follows the path of Mardi Gras beads from the streets of New Orleans during Carnival – where revelers party and exchange beads for nudity – to the disciplined factories in Fuzhou, China – where teenage girls live and sew beads together all day and night...
Night Labor (Orig.) / 2013 / United States / 62 min
Night Labor follows Sherman Frank Merchant, a forty-six year old 6'6" Downeaster during his transition from an independent and rugged clam digger by day to manning a factory at night. With his white smock, arsenal of knives, and signature black beret, Sherman performs the tasks of preparing and arranging tools for the day laborers who arrive to their 6am shift.