Directing: Ashley Sabin, David Redmon Editing: Alan Canant, Ashley Sabin, David Redmon
Production: Ashley Sabin, David Redmon
Runtime: 01 hr : 18 min : 00 sec
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.
Ashley Sabin,David Redmon
David Redmon and Ashley Sabin’s interest is in nonfiction documentary storytelling. They have produced, directed, edited, and photographed five films: "Mardi Gras: Made in China" (2005), "Kamp Katrina" (2007), "Intimidad" (2008), and "Invisible Girlfriend" (2009) and most recently "Girl Model" (2011). "Mardi Gras: Made in China" was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. "Kamp Katrina" and "Intimidad" both premiered at Museum of Modern Art and the South by Southwest Film Festival, and all of Redmon and Sabin’s films have screened on domestic and international television stations. "Girl Model" received funding through the Sundance Institute, Cinereach, Puffin Foundation, Harvard Radcliffe Institute, and The Fledgling Fund. It will air on POV and CBC in 2012. Redmon received his PhD in sociology from the University at Albany, State University of New York and is currently a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. Sabin received her BA in Art History from Pratt Institute.