"Queens Rule!" (2008) is a short film by members of the Spring 2008 Feminist Documentation and New Media class in the Tulane University Department of Communication under the instruction of Betsy Weiss and in partnership with the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame via the Tulane Center for Public Service.
The film came to life as a Katrina Warriors project in collaboration with Big Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson (Guardians of the Flame) at Sophielab at Newcomb College Institute.
During Fall 2009, Cherice Harrison-Nelson was a Visiting Scholar at Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, and collaborated with Collat Media Interns and Feminist Documentation and New Media students via Sophielab to document explore the creative process of sewing her suit for 2010, her work mentoring and teaching Young Guardians of the Flame, and the roles and responsibilities women and girls assume in Mardi Gras Indian culture. "146 Days to Mardi Gras" is the first film in this series.
"Queens Rule!" had its world premiere in the Grandstand at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival as part of an exhibit by the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame. It is the piece that has launched a series of portraits of women and girls in the Mardi Gras Indian community.
"Queen B: A Portrait of Littdell S. Banister" had its world premiere at the 2010 Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Ashe Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans.
More information and content from the Queens Rule documentary project of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame is emergent. Stay tuned.
RIGHTS: This short film is published by the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame via Sophielab at Newcomb College Center for Research on Women under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 license. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about other uses. All Mardi Gras Indians featured in this piece retain copyright on individual and Indian gang design, art, and other intellectual property.