GIRL MODEL (2012) – Documentary Retroview by Jennifer Merin

The commonplace perception about modeling is that it is a glamorous career that pays extremely well and offers fabulous opportunities for travel to exotic destinations where you get to hang out with the world’s most beautiful people in the world’s best hotels, dining at the best restaurants and wearing fabulous clothing and accessories. With all that in the offering, the job has allure, to say the least. And, that’s especially true for girls who’ve grown up under difficult circumstances and are looking for a way to work their way towards a better life. But, as we see in Girl Model, the a young model must follow to the professional runway isn’t always as smooth as they imagined it might be, and it may actually lead young and naive aspirants to various degrees of personal crisis.

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KIM’S VIDEO (Sundance FF2023) – Review by Leslie Combemale

Do we preserve physical media, knowing that online sources who now control access to everything from the teeniest and the most underground to the biggest blockbuster, make it nearly impossible to see films not slathered with the “this is cool” or “hot and new” labels? Kim’s Video answers that question with a resounding, unqualified yes. It suggests everyone had best stop mocking friends who have thousands of dvds, blu-rays, and VHS tapes filed alphabetically in their basements.

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