The dramatic short film Tuned In has received its 12th Official Selection at film Festivals when it was chosen for screening and competition at the 2017 Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival in Asbury Park, NJ. This is the festivals 4th year.  The event will take place starting on May 20th and all day May 21st followed by an awards show and after party to follow.


Tuned In has won 22 awards, and 1 Official Nomination in Film Festivals around the world to go with the 12 Official Selections.


The film deals with family, relationships cell phones and communication.  “Finding the right frequency on a radio is crucial to hearing the program that is on the air. The same is true for relationships”, says Marshall. The film is a story about Emma, a teenager who disobeys dinner table rules of her parents and gets grounded until she learns to get priorities straight and learns the value of relationships.  “A major part of the story deals with the frustration of Emma’s parents and friend Stacey, none of whom can seem to get ‘tuned in’ to Emma’s frequency and break her connection with her cell phone”, adds Marshall.


Cast Features Marley Casbral as Emma, Corina Leatherdale as Mom  Jamie Rainbird as the father, Talitha Wood as Emma’s best Friend Stacey and Brittany Sterling as Emma’s sibling.



Marshall looks forward to some other festivals that will be announcing results soon as well as some opportunities to have the film shown at some public youth events. Marshall feels this film is a great discussion starter if you want to bring the device dependency issue to the table… and, the moral of the story is just breathtaking.


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