Tamlin Hall

Award-winning writer and filmmaker, Tamlin Hall is the founder of IAMHOLDENON and director-writer-producer of Holden On.

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. Holden On marks Tamlin's directorial debut. The film is based on Tamlin's childhood friend, Holden Layfield, whom he grew up with in Georgia. While doing research for the film, Tamlin discovered drawings Holden's sister created for Holden after his schizophrenia/dual diagnosis. Her drawings would spark the vision to create the IAMHOLDENON Art Initiative. Holden On is currently on the film festival circuit, garnering praise from both critics and audiences. Holden On premiered at the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival, winning the Audience Award for best feature film as well as being selected as an Atlanta Journal-Constitution critics pick of the festival. It has gone on to receive numerous awards, including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Feature and Jury Prize for Outstanding Social Impact Filmmaking. 

Holden On awards

  • WON - Atlanta Film Festival 
  • WON - Orlando Film Festival 
  • WON - Dances With Films 
  • WON - Breckenridge Film Festival 
  • WON - Macon Film Festival 
  • WON - South Bay Film & Music Festival
  • NOMINATED - Woodstock Film Festival 

Movie + Art Initiative screening tour 2017-18

The #keepholdenontour will take place during the 2017-2018 school year. We are most interested in collaborating with TEACHERS, BRANDS, MENTAL HEALTH and SUICIDE PREVENTION ORGANIZATIONS to provide a fun, safe, creative and substantial tour for teens. For inquiries, please use contact info below. 

Keep sharing. Keep believing. Keep Holden On!