As NFL free agency began in earnest Monday, Redskins offensive coordinator Scott Turner texted his sister a screenshot of his Netflix homepage. “Justine,” Stephanie Turner’s first feature film, was in the “Popular” category, three days after her family drama about a widowed, single mother who takes a job caring for a sheltered girl with spina bifida debuted on the streaming service.
“It’s exciting to see,” said Stephanie, who wrote, directed, produced and played the lead character in “Justine,” which is being distributed by Ava DuVernay’s company, Array, in a phone interview. “I’m getting personal responses about the movie from friends and family, from people I went to elementary school with in Dallas, people I haven’t talked to in years.”
Stephanie was 10 when her family left Dallas for Northern Virginia in 1994, after the Redskins hired her father, Norv, to replace Richie Petitbon as head coach. Norv Turner had spent the previous three years as the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator and won a Super Bowl ring after the 1993 season. Success was harder to come by in Washington, and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder fired Turner in December 2000, with three games remaining in his seventh season. Scott and Stephanie were in the middle of their senior and junior years, respectively, at Oakton High.