Documentaries ‘Girl Model’ and ‘Downeast’ With Director Q&A Sessions

| August 23, 2012

This weekend, the Webster University Film Series presents two documentary films by directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin: “Girl Model” on Friday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 26, both at 7:30 p.m.; and “Downeast” on Saturday, Aug.25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 26 at 9 p.m.

All showings will be held in the Winifred Moore Auditorium.

UPDATE: The directors will also run a filmmaking workshop on Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. See workshop details and RSVP here.

Q&A with the Directors

Directors Ashley Sabin and David Redmon

Viewers are invited to attend the interactive open forum sessions with the filmmakers following the 7:30 p.m. Friday screening of “Girl Model” and 9 p.m. Sunday screening of “Downeast.”

Redmon and Sabin describe their work as “nuanced portraits to understand the tricky situations in which people find themselves during a journey and what happens when they navigate the situation.”

GIRL MODEL (David Redmon and Ashley Sabin, 2011, USA, 77 min.)

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 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.



DOWNEAST (David Redmon and Ashley Sabin, 2012, USA, 78 min.)

“Downeast” is an experiential story that unfolds over the course of a year-and-a-half in the small lobster village of Prospect Harbor, Maine. It observes the closing of the last remaining sardine cannery in the United States that shut down in April 2010. A few months later, Boston-based entrepreneur Antonio Bussone purchased the plant, hoping to rebuild a lobster processing facility and rehire the laid-off sardine workers (most of whom are women over 65 years old).

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Admission is $6 for the general public, $5 for seniors (60 +), students from other schools and Webster alumni, $4 for Webster University staff and faculty and free to Webster University students.

Unless otherwise noted, all films are screened in the Winfred Moore Auditorium, Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, Mo. 63119.

The Webster University Film Series receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency.


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