The Ugly Model
From the outside, Philly based Korean American adoptee and fitness model Kevin Tae-jin KREIDER seems to have it all, looks, muscles, chutzpah, confidence and charisma. He has a popular Instagram account and has modeled around the world for the likes of Men’s Health, Gillette and Abercrombie & Fitch. Yet, since childhood he has always felt ugly and second best as an Asian male in America. The Ugly Model examines the paradox of a handsome male model who feels ashamed, ugly and emasculated because of his Asian ethnicity in America. Why does Kevin still choose to be a male model where validation is based on physical appearance and his ethnicity defines his marketability? Is he a masochist for beating his head against the glass ceiling or is beauty truly in the eye of the beholder?
SPECIAL GUEST attendance: Pete WU, Bianca KUIJPER (producer) and Doris YEUNG (director). Moderator: Daan VREE.
Doris Yeung is an Asian American filmmaker from San Francisco, Bay Area. She has written and directed films in the US, Asia and Europe and has studied at UCLA, American Film Institute, and Beijing Film Academy. She directed her first feature film, Motherland (2009) set in San Francisco, starring renowned Chinese and Canadian actors, Francoise YIP and Kenneth TSANG. It was named one of the ten best Asian American Films of 2009 by Asian Pacific Arts Magazine and her a “filmmaker to watch” by the Hollywood Reporter. Her second feature film Taxi Stories (2017) has screened in over thirty festivals around the world and will be released in 2018. She founded CinemAsia Film Festival in Amsterdam.