Filmmaker and Documentary Television Producer, Christine Turner will debut her short film, Hold On at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Hold On tackles testing family bonds when a young man is left to care for his grandmother one morning. It’s a necessary film as the generational divide and ageism are important issues in today’s society, especially with the evolution of technology creating a dichotomy of communication advancement and regression.

Fashion activist, Bethann Hardison makes her powerful acting debut in the film. Hardison made history in the 70s and early 80s as one of the first Black models to grace the runway and the world’s top fashion magazines.

Turner, a New York filmmaker, is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Her debut feature documentary, Homegoings, a poetically crafted exploration of the history of African-American funeral traditions told through the eyes of Isaiah Owens, one of Harlem’ most renowned funeral directors, premiered at the 2013 Documentary Fortnight at MoMA in New York and opened the 26th season of the acclaimed PBS series POV.  Her short drama, You Can Go, was an official selection of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and is set to be distributed by PBS in 2017.  Turner was one of the recipients of the Women In Film Finishing Fund in December 2015, and was recently selected by Sony Pictures Television’s Diverse Directors Program where she will take part in an intensive episodic directing workshop.

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