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girl model - independent film

girl model

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013
Film Screening @ 7PM

Gainesville State College - Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Building

Tickets: $7 Adults;
$5 Students/Seniors
(includes film and filmmaker Q&A reception)

girl model

The Arts Council, Inc. and Gainesville State College present the independent feature film “girl model” with Directors and Producers Ashley Sabin and David Redmon as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Gainesville State College Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Building on Thursday, February 14, 2013. Ticket price includes the movie and the Meet the Filmmaker Q&A session following the film screening.


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. 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. As we enter further into this world, it more and more resembles a hall of mirrors, where appearances can't be trusted, perception become distorted, and there is no clear way out. Will Nadya, and the other girls like her, be able to find anyone to help them navigate this maze, or will they follow a path like Ashley's, having learned the tricks of the labyrinth but unable to escape its lure?

"girl model" | TRAILER



"Stirring Portrait." - Fan Quarterly

"Powerful." - The Film Stage

"A provocative documentary that looks into a dark, seldom-seen segment of the modeling industry." - The Gulf Today

"This ex-model, Ashley Arbaugh, is one of the year’s most intriguing doc characters, one I’d love to see get a spin-off reality series where she’s paired up with Tabloid’s Joyce McKenna. Girl Model is the film I keep finding reasons to want to revisit, rewatch and implore friends to see as soon as it’s distributed." -

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 than 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

"Superb documentary." - Popmatters

"Girl Model makes you wonder about every beautiful woman who's ever stared out from a publication, poster, or billboard, looking sophisticated and self-assured. Could the real person behind that image be a hungry, homesick 13-year-old who never got a dime for her work?" - Slant Magazine

"A fascinating look at the stark, staring mad world of modelling." - The Times

"Visceral horror that haunts every scene. Girl Model portrays a business defined by inherent corruption." - Toronto Review

"Redmon and Sabin have crafted a revealing and engrossing film. Everyone -- particularly young people (both female and male) who aspire to be a model should see it." - Toronto Verve

"A very chilling tale on the loss of childhood to false hopes and dreams." -

"A haunted glimpse into exploited youth." - Variety

"Shows a seedy, unregulated side to the modeling business." - Vive



WINNER – Rome Film Festival Marc’Aurelio Award for Best Documentary in the Extra Section & EnelCuore Prize



David Redmon and Ashley Sabin - girl model

David Redmon and Ashley Sabin (Directors/Producers) have produced, directed, edited and photographed five feature documentaries: Mardi Gras: Made in China (2005), Kamp Katrina (2007), Intimidad (2008), Invisible Girlfriend (2009) and, now, Girl Model (2011). They have build a loyal following for their intimate and intricately crafted documentaries, won a variety of film festival awards and have seen all of their work aired on television stations throughout the world. Redmon received his PhD in sociology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. In 2010/2011 he was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. Sabin received her BA in Art History from Pratt Institute.


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The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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