Holden On is based on a true story set in the 1990’s, portraying the complex landscape of mental illness and suicide in teens. The film offers insight to prevention, and opens the door to conversation about this difficult but critical community concern.
There will be a pre-show meet and greet withFilm Director, Tamlin Hall, and a post-show panel discussion following the screening.
Artist biography: Tamlin Hall is an award winning writer, filmmaker and founder of IAMHOLDENON, a progressive grassroots 501(c)(3) that uses interdisciplinary arts, education and humanities to absolve mental health “othering” and prevent teen suicide.
A recipient of the prestigious Humanitas Prize for television writing, Hall received his MFA in screenwriting from UCLA. After graduating, Hall went on to make his directorial debut, Holden On, a true story social impact teen drama about Hall’s childhood friend, Holden Layfield. Shot entirely in Holden’s hometown in small-town Georgia, Holden On portrays the complexity of mental illness and suicide in teens, offers insight to prevention, and opens the door to conversation about this difficult but critical community concern. The film won numerous awards around the country and was shortlisted by the Georgia Film Critics Association for the Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema. Hall is a 2018 Georgia General Assembly honoree for his work in Advocacy and the Arts.
Hall has recently been attached to co-write a film adaptation of the #1 New York Times bestselling book, A Child Called “It”, for the Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated production company, FOR GOOD.
On Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.