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HOLD ME DOWN

HOLD ME DOWN

LANGUAGE: English

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 28 minutes
Year of production: 2016
Festival years: 2017-2018
Online release: 2018

SYNOPSIS

Based on true events, Hold Me Down depicts a day in the life of a 19-year-old single mother who works as a stripper at an illegal nightclub to support her child in the South Bronx. It is filmed in the locations where the events depicted actually occurred; in the Mott Haven Housing Projects and in an actual brothel, and features a cast of real life survivors of the underground sex trade.

PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION

Production Company: The Collectif, More Media, Bob Film Sweden
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions

CAST

Tianna Allen
Prince Combs
Cheryl Juniaus
Tanisha Lambright
Anaya Ba
Nicole Cochran Adams
Miranda Collier
Shavon Thomas
Alexis Williams
Barbara Moore
Serenity Harris

MAIN CREDITS

Director: Niclas Gillis
Screenwriter: Niclas Gillis
Producer: Niclas Gillis, Stephen Buchanan, Anette Brantin
Director of Photography: Steve Annis
Sound: Aleksander Karshikoff
Editing: Niclas Gillis
Sound Editing: Aleksander Karshikoff
Music Composer: Jonas Soderman Bohlin

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Genre: Drama
Sub-genre: Urban, Love Story
Language: English
Country of origin: USA
Year of production: 2016
Total running time: 28 minutes
Shooting format: Digital
Color type:
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Sound format:

AWARDS

Best Short Film / Harlem International Film Festival

FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden
Odense International Film Festival, Denmark
Harlem International Film Festival, New York (Winner: Best Short Film)

OTHER SCREENINGS:

Tribeca Screening Room, New York
The Swedish Embassy, Washington DC
The Phillips Collection, Washington DC
Kickstarter Screening Room, New York

BIOGRAPHY OF THE DIRECTOR

Swedish-born writer-director, Niclas Gillis has been compared to Pier Paolo Pasolini by New York Magazine and championed as “the premiere talent to watch”, by Nike. His critically acclaimed drama short film, Hold Me Down was the result of three years of full-time labor, working with women in poverty in the South Bronx to provide a platform for awareness and dialogue. Based on true events, Hold Me Down depicts a day in the life of a 19-year old single mother and sex worker, and features a cast of women survivors of sexual exploitation and domestic abuse. Because of their participation in the film, the women involved were able to escape the clutches of prostitution, raise awareness of the conditions that they face, and inspire change.