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Holden On Directed
Tamlin Hall USA / 2017 / 102 minutes New York Premiere
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Orpheum Theater SAUGERTIES
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Tamlin Hall
SYNOPSIS: Holden On is the true story of a teen from the small town of LaGrange, Georgia, struggling with mental illness and addiction in the mid '90s. Holden Layfield was cheerful, popular, a star athlete, kind, and compassionate . . . and he had a dark secret: he suffered from schizophrenia. As his condition deteriorated and his attempt to self-medicate turned into addiction, he disconnected from family and friends. On November 16, 1995. 19-year-old Holden committed suicide with a shotgun.
Tamlin Hall was one of Holden's schoolmates and in his phenomenal first film he shows that Holden's life matters by exposing the stigma surrounding mental illness and encouraging those who are suffering to talk about it and seek help. His cinema verite style, iconic 90's soundtrack, finely chosen cast, and obvious respect and empathy for his subject create a passionate testimonial to someone whose life was shattered before it even started. — Ben F. Fischer
BIO: Tamlin Hall is an award-winning writer, filmmaker and founder of the nonprofit IAMHOLDENON. Tamlin is a coveted Humanitas Prize winner for television writing, receiving his MFA in screenwriting from UCLA. Prior to screenwriting at UCLA, Tamlin trained as an actor at The School At Steppenwolf inside the world renowned Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, IL. Tamlin has recently been attached to direct a film adaptation of the extraordinary and inspirational #1 New York Times bestselling book, A Child Called "It", which is based on a true story about one child's unyielding courage to survive. The book has sold over 10 million copies and is the second most checked out book in libraries across America.
Cast/Featuring: Matthew Fahey, Ross Thomas, Steve Ellis, Kelly Finley, Greg Thompson
Executive Producer(s): Marius Haugan, Phil Lebherz
Producer(s): Tamlin Hall, Jamie Roberts, James Cooney
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