Writer/Director Lily Mariye’s first feature film, Model Minority, has already won multiple awards and is about Kayla Tanaka (Nicole Bloom), who is 16 and half-Japanese, half-white, but totally American. Kayla meets Treyshawn Doty (Delon de Metz), a 19-year-old drug dealer, who is kind and sympathetic about the humiliating secret of Kayla’s mother’s (Jessica Tuck) drug addiction giving her money and love. When Kayla discovers her mother passed out in the neighborhood dealer’s bed, her life spirals out of control. She escapes the harsh realities of life into the fast lane with Treyshawn until she ends up being arrested having been turned in by Treyshawn to save himself. The film also star Chris Tashima who plays Kayla’s father.
Model Minority will be screened at the DC Asian Pacific American International Film Festival on Oct. 7th. For more information and to purchase tickets visit their website: DCAPA
For those in Hawaii, Model Minority will screen at the Hawaii International Film Festival on Oct. 18th & 19th. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their website: HIFF
For those in Boston, Model Minority will be screened at the Boston Asian American Film Festival on Oct. 27th @ 4:00PM. For more information and to purchase tickets visit their website: BAAFF
For those in California, Model Minority will screen at the Ojai Film Festival on Oct. 27 & 30th. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their website: OFF