Girl Model follows a complex supply chain between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S. within the modelling industry. The story is told through the eyes of a scout and a 13 year-old model.

COMPLETED 

Filmmakers: David Redmon & Ashley Sabin
Year: 2011
Runtime: 78 mins
Country: USA
Format: HD


The Hollywood Reporter - "Compelling subject matter"

 



FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Toronto IFF, Canada 2011
Rome Film Festival, Italy 2011                  
Abu Dhabi Film Festival                            
CPH: DOX, Denmark
IDFA, Netherlands

 

STORY 

Girl Model follows a complex supply chain between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S. within the modelling industry. The story is told through the eyes of a scout and a 13 year-old model.

Despite a lack of obvious similarities between Siberia and Tokyo, a thriving model industry connects these distant regions. GIRL MODEL follows two protagonists involved in this industry: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a thirteen year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career. After Ashley’s initial discovery of Nadya, the two rarely meet again, but their stories are inextricably bound. As Nadya’s optimism about rescuing her family from their financial difficulties grows, her dreams contrast against Ashley’s more jaded outlook about the industry’s corrosive influence.


FILMMAKER

David Redmon and Ashley Sabin have produced, directed, edited and photographed seven feature documentaries: Mardi Gras: Made in China (2005), Kamp Katrina(2007), Intimidad (2008), Invisible Girlfriend (2009), Girl Model (2011) Downeast(2012), and Kingdom of Animal (2012). Their intimate and intricately crafted documentaries have won a variety of film festival awards and their work has aired on television stations throughout the world. Redmon received his PhD in sociology from the University at Albany, State University of New York and is a former Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. Sabin received her BA in Art History from Pratt Institute and is currently obtaining an MFA on a Fulbright scholarship