ByDesign [Online] 2020 – All on a Mardi Gras Day + The Maze

Sliding scale admission: $0–25

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Showtime listed is Pacific Standard Time.



ByDesign Festival 2020 is STREAMING ONLINE! Northwest Film Forum’s physical space is temporarily closed in light of public health concerns around COVID-19, but community, dialogue, and education through media arts WILL persist.

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Michal Pietrzyk


There are African-American men in some of New Orleans’ roughest neighborhoods who spend all year sewing feathered suits. All On A Mardi Gras Day follows Demond, who makes huge sacrifices to be Big Chief in this secret, 200-year old tradition known as Mardi Gras Indians. When the day comes, he battles in a competition that will decide who’s “the prettiest.”

About the director:

About the director:

Michal Pietrzyk was born in Poland, and emigrated 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 Field and Executive Producer. He’s produced over 130 hours of network TV for National Geographic, Discovery, and Travel Channel, specializing in intimate, character-driven content, often in remote, dangerous places. One of his more memorable projects was spending Christmas in a Russian maximum security prison with a cannibal. All On a Mardi Gras Day is his first independent documentary, and first as director.

The Maze

(Serginho Roosblad, US, 2018, 24 min)

Perturbed commuters coming from the Bay Bridge are split up by the Macarthur Maze interchange every day, but not in the same way that it splits up the East Bay community. Surrounded on one side by a super mall built on an ancient native burial site, on another side by houseless people being pushed out by the gentrifying pressure of an expensive apartment development, and on another by a nature estuary saturated with pollutants, it’s a kaleidoscope of societal issues. Everyday, thousands of drivers pass through the maze. Does anyone stop to look around?

About the director:

About the director:

Serginho Roosblad is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, and photographer. His work has been published by KQED, The San Francisco Chronicle, AJ+, Amnesty International, Voice of America, Fusion, Al Jazeera and Radio France International.

Serginho currently lives in Oakland, California, right next to the subject of his documentary film, the MacArthur Maze. He hails from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with roots in the Caribbean and South America. Prior to living in the U.S., he lived in Uganda, where he lived and worked as a freelance correspondent.

He holds a Masters of Journalism degree from UC Berkeley, where he was the Marlon T. Riggs fellow in documentary filmmaking. He also holds a Masters of Philosophy degree in African studies from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Hogeschool Utrecht (the Netherlands)

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