Competition Documentary Features
DIRECTED BY DAVID REDMON AND ASHLEY SABIN
USA, 2011, 78 MIN
IN ENGLISH, RUSSIAN, AND JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Somewhere in Siberia, on a stage packed with bikini-clad young girls vying for the chance to be selected for Japanese modeling jobs, a voice announces over a loudspeaker, “Modeling requires grace, good communication skills, good manners. Who wouldn’t want their children to possess these qualities?” One of the children hoping to project these qualities is 13-year-old Nadya Vall. For Nadya, securing a modeling career promises to rescue her family from financial difficulty. The job of selecting the right girls falls on ex-model-turned-scout Ashley Arbaugh. Finding talent from Russia for modeling jobs in Japan and working for some very shady characters in both locations, Arbaugh carries her own damage from years in the industry, but the damage is tucked under a hardened shell. GIRL MODEL, directed by the filmmaking team that brought us Mardi Gras: Made in China (FFF 2005 Grand Jury Award for Best Doc Feature), Kamp Katrina (FFF 2007), and Intimidad (FFF 2008) takes the viewer deep into the underbelly of the international modeling industry by following the paths of both model and scout.
David Redmon and Ashley Sabin’s (Girl Model) interest is in nonfiction documentary storytelling. They have produced, directed, edited, and photographed five award-winning and highly-lauded films: Mardi Gras: Made in China (2005), Kamp Katrina (2007), Intimidad (2008), Invisible Girlfriend (2009), and most recently Girl Model (2011). Girl Model received funding through the Sundance Institute, Cinereach, Puffin Foundation, Harvard Radcliffe Institute, and The Fledgling Fund. It will air on POV, CBC, BBC, DR, YLE, and SVT. Redmon received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and was recently a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. Sabin received her B.A. in Art History from Pratt Institute.
DIRECTED BY ALEX LORA
USA, 2011, 12 MIN
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