Model Minority Festivals






  • Sacramento International Film Festival
  • London Independent Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
  • Las Vegas Film Festival
  • Asian American International Film Festival, New York
  • Vancouver Asian Film Festival
  • D.C. Asian Pacific American Film Festival
  • Boston Asian American Film Festival
  • Ojai Film Festival
  • Hawaii International Film Festival
  • Asians On Film Festival

“Written and directed by Lily Mariye, the gritty, sexually frank coming-of-age story "Model Minority" takes place in Los Angeles' Jefferson Park neighborhood and in East L.A. The film stars the immensely sympathetic Nichole Bloom as Kayla, a half-Japanese, half-Caucasian teenager struggling with cultural misperceptions and a disintegrating family life.”

~ Carla Meyer, Sacramento Bee

“…a most impressive directorial/scriptwriting debut of Lily Mariye. An accomplished actress in her own right, Ms. Mariye is perhaps best known for portraying Nurse Lily Jarvik on the TV series ER. Here, she proves to be quite the storyteller, spinning a quite compelling, cross-cultural, character-driven drama with its finger on the pulse.”

~ Kam Williams, National Newspaper Publishers Association

“Lily Mariye has created an amazing film of complex characters, driven by an outstanding performance by lead actress Nichole Bloom, in her first feature role…The story is original, insightful and in the end, thought provoking, showing the trials and tribulations of life and growing up, along with all the hope and joy that life has to offer.”

~ Scott Eriksson,