Jill Awbrey makes her feature film writing and acting debut with the horror-thriller Held, out April 9 through Magnet Releasing, in which she plays the lead role of Emma Barrett. Jill has also written, directed, produced, and starred in two short films. As an actress and writer, Jill is drawn to stories about intimate relationships between flawed and complicated characters. Her first film, Abby Undone, was shot in a 150 square-foot studio apartment in New York’s West Village with two actors and a four-person crew. She shot her second short film, All We Have Left, in her hometown in California’s San Joaquin Valley. On a fun note: during a visit to her hometown while walking her dog one evening she met producer Travis Cluff of Tremendum Pictures in the neighborhood. It was a chance encounter, that ultimately led to Held being made.