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Film offers a look behind the runway

POSTED: February 14, 2013 12:30 a.m.

A behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous world of modeling is the next feature in the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers sponsored by The Arts Council, University of North Georgia, Oakwood and South Arts.

The film "girl model," directed and produced by Ashley Sabin and David Redmon, is the fourth film in this series and will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at University of North Georgia-Gainesville campus' Martha Nesbitt Academic Building IV on Mathis Drive.

Tickets are $7 adults, $5 for students and seniors ages 65 and older. Afterward, ticketholders can attend a reception with the filmmaker for questions and answers.

In this film, "girl model" follows two protagonists in the 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 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.

Redmon and Sabin 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 built a loyal following for their intimate and intricately crafted documentaries, earning a variety of film festival awards.

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

The final two films scheduled in the series are “Free China,” March 28 and “Strong!” April 18, both at the Smithgall Arts Center. Each screening includes a meet and greet afterward with the director.

Trailers for each film in the series may be viewed at The Arts Council website. Tickets may be ordered online or by calling 770-534-2787.


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