THE UGLY MODEL
a documentary by Doris Yeung
Korean American adoptee and fitness model Kevin Kreider has spent his whole career trying to answer the question:"Can Asian men be sexy?”
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 and vlog and has modeled around the world for the likes of Men’s Health, Gillette and Abercrombie & Fitch. However, underneath those layers of muscle fibers, lies a loneliness and insecurity that deeply affects the psyche of a Korean adoptee growing up as an Asian male in America.
SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019 • 9:00 PM
Japanese American National Museum’s Tateuchi Democracy Forum • 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Asian American International Film Festival
FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019 • 6:30 PM
Asia Society • 725 Park Ave • New York, NY 10021
Bushwick Film Festival
SUNDAY, OCT 6TH, 2019 • 2PM
Syndicated • 40 Bogart Street • Brooklyn, New York
Adoptee Hub (Adoptees & Family Only)
SATURDAY, JULY 18TH, 2020 • 12.45PM CDT
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 10 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 30 festivals around the world and will be released in 2018. She founded CinemAsia Film Festival in Amsterdam
Bianca was adopted from South Korea and grew up in The Netherlands. From 2011-2016 Bianca was general manager at CinemAsia Film Festival, the Asian film festival in the Netherlands. In 2016 she moved to New York and her passion remains in using cinema as medium to broaden horizons and create mutual understanding. THE UGLY MODEL is her first project as a documentary producer.
A Brooklyn transplant by way of his native China, Bing Wang is a documentary filmmaker who adores cinéma vérité and loves to investigate family, communication and identity topics. His feature debut, “The Ability Exchange” (2016), acclaimed as “a one-man band empathy engine” by Indiewire, explores disability and inclusion in an intimate American college classroom. Bing is known for his editing and production skills which have been featured in an impressive portfolio of powerful films, including: “9-Man” (2014), “Complicit” (2017), “The Naked Truth: China Queer” (2017), “People’s Republic of Desire” (2018), “One Child Nation” (2019) and "The Ugly Model" (2019).
Martijn van Veen
Director of Photography / Editor
Martijn van Veen is an Amsterdam based editor/ DP who has worked with numerous commercial and governmental clients exploring all different aspects of media productions; from conceptual to post-production. Martijn’s strengths are his fast, instinctive and rhythmic editing skills and a keen eye with camera and camjo work. Martijn has a Masters in Media & Culture from the University of Amsterdam. His latest feature film was “Taxi Stories” (directed by Doris Yeung) where he was DP and editor.
David Panda Lee