Girl Model

Ashley Sabin, Director/Producer
David Redmon, Director/Producer

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About the Filmmakers

David Redmon and Ashley Sabin have produced, directed, edited and photographed five feature documentaries: Mardi Gras: Made in China, Kamp Katrina, Intimidad, Invisible Girlfriend, and Girl Model. They have built a loyal following for their intimate and intricately crafted documentaries, won a variety of film festival awards, and have seen their work aired on television throughout the world. Redmon received his PhD in sociology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. He was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. Sabin received her BA in Art History from the Pratt Institute.


About the Film

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 13-year-old plucked from her rustic home in Russia and dropped into the center of bustling Tokyo with promises of a profitable career. After Ashley’s initial discovery of Nadya, they rarely meet again, but their stories are inextricably bound. As Nadya’s optimism about rescuing her family from financial hardship grows, her dreams contrast against Ashley’s more jaded outlook about the industry’s corrosive influence. Girl Model is a lyrical exploration of a world defined by mirrors and camera lenses, reflecting differing versions of reality to the young women caught in their scope. As we enter further into this world, it more resembles a hall of mirrors, where appearances can’t be trusted, perception becomes distorted, and there is no clear way out. Will Nadya and other girls like her be able to find anyone to help them navigate this maze, or will they follow a path like Ashley’s, learning the tricks of the labyrinth but unable to escape its lure?


Tour Dates & Locations
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City, State

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Morris Museum of Art Augusta, GA

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Arts Council, Inc.

Gainesville, GA

Saturday, February 16, 2013 Hapeville Association of Trade & Tourism Hapeville, GA
Monday, February 18, 2013 Presbyterian College Clinton, SC

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts

Auburn, AL

Thursday, February 21, 2013

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

Friday, February 22, 2013 University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Long Beach, MS