Suspecting there was something ugly in her family’s past, the film charts a filmmaker's excavation of the buried family conflict around her uncle Miguel’s death, and her search for his partner Robert a generation later.
A homeless couple struggles for five years to stay together — on and off the street.
John Baynard has worked as a documentary filmmaker for 30 years. He has been cameraman on a wide range of documentaries, including Murder on the Rio San Juan (Frontline), Don King Unauthorized (Frontline), My Mother’s Murder (HBO), and Sister Aimee (American Experience). He has produced documentaries and magazine stories for the WGBH arts magazine… Show more program, Arts Closeup, ABC News’ Nightline, and PBS. He has recently produced short stories for the Refugees International website about the refugee situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. John worked as the director, co-producer, and cinematographer on the Frontline documentary Secret Daughter, which received a national Emmy. Other awards he has received include two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, two Chicago International Film Festival awards, 21 New England Emmys, and five Boston Press TV Photographer of the Year awards. In the past year, John has shot documentaries about one woman’s inspiring leadership in the movement against genocide in Sudan, the environmentalism and religion movement, and the struggle of a family in New Orleans to rebuild their lives after Katrina. Show less
For the past five years, Luis Santiago and Donna Mercier have drifted from the streets of Boston to campgrounds, family homes, hospitals, prison, and apartments in New Hampshire. Mercier suffers from depression and Santiago battles diabetes, epilepsy, and a crack addiction. They live off Mercier’s disability check and money Santiago makes panhandling. Unsentimental and non-judgmental, Holding On follows their struggle to stay together — on and off the street.