About this project
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. Girl Model is a lyrical exploration of a world defined by glass surfaces and camera lenses, reflecting back differing versions of reality to the young women caught in their scope.
After screening Girl Model all over the world we have found the most prominent question has been, “What kind of action can I take?” It's not always an easy question given the lyrical films we make, but it's not an impossible question given how the documentary is hitting an emotional chord with audiences.
During production we began working with model Rachel Blais. She took on the important role of our fashion industry adviser. She is also featured in the documentary. So far Rachel has booked the film at theaters, garnered important national press, and passed out surveys after screenings for audience reactions. The first law Rachel is recommending is no more minors (under 18 years old) represented in adult fashion, and additionally to stop granting work visas to underage models. Her passion to change industry-wide standards is exciting! We want Rachel’s passion to become a reality. Our goal is to work with Rachel and an experienced outreach coordinator to organize an audience engagement campaign alongside the September US theatrical release. We want to target educational (University/High Schools) and non-profit audiences with the hopes of raising awareness.
How you can help:
Our goal is to raise $12,000. The funds will be used for the following:
- Organize and book a National educational screening series (Colleges, Universities, High Schools, and Non-profits organizations)
- Travel to screenings
- Promotional materials (poster, postcards)
- Develop DVD extra Educational & Online guides
- Manage content on social media/grassroots marketing
There are ways to help outside of donating. Please like our video at the top of the page, tweet/facebook it to your friends, add Girl Model on facebook, and pass the word along.
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About the prizes:
During the making of Girl Model we built a great community from production, post-production, film festivals, and distribution. With each reward we tried to tie in that community. Please join our efforts to continue to get Girl Model out into the world!
About the film:
Check out more information at: http://www.girlmodelthemovie.com
Who we are:
David Redmon and Ashley Sabin have produced, directed, edited and photographed six feature documentaries: Mardi Gras: Made in China (2005), Kamp Katrina (2007), Intimidad (2008), Invisible Girlfriend (2009), Girl Model (2011) and Downeast (2012). Their intimate and intricately crafted documentaries have won a variety of film festival awards. 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. He is a former Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and the Film Studies Center. Sabin received her BA in Art History from Pratt Institute.
Rachel Blais started her international modelling career in 2002. After a trip to India where she did volunteer work, Rachel met Girl Model co-directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin in Tokyo in 2009. Since then she has acted as the fashion consultant for the film and has been assisting on it’s development. Since Girl Model premiere at Tiff in September 2011 Rachel has been actively attending film festivals with Girl Model. She's also helped organize the premiere screenings of Girl Model in London, Uk and Montreal, Canada. By speaking out at screenings and to the media, Rachel has become a spokes-person for the film and for the fight against child labor practices in the fashion industry. Rachel has been on the model committee for the Trade-Union Equity in the Uk since 2011 as she feels strongly about the importance of creating regulations to protect models in the fashion industry, but even more to stop using children, under 18 years old, to models as adults. With her experiences and observations of the industry she believes laws banning children to model in the adult fashion world is the only way for certain very negative practices within the industry to change and for regulations to be respected in the industry for adult models.
What Critics Are Saying:
“Stirring Portrait.” Fan Quarterly
“David Redmon and Ashley Sabin’s engrossing documentary provides access to a pitiless niche of the fashion industry, but it’s arguably more fascinating in its depiction of the recruiters that their discoveries.” Hollywood Reporter
“Eerie, visceral horror haunts every scene.” Indiewire (Girl Model @ top of Indiewire TIFF poll)
“A must-see movie as intriguing as it is disturbing.” Marie Claire
“A fascinating look at the stark, staring mad world of modeling.” The Times
“A haunted glimpse into exploited youth.” Variety
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