Broken Heart Land (Hosted by Acxiom)

June 30, 2020
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A family from Oklahoma is shattered when their gay son commits suicide after a controversial town meeting. In their search for understanding, they uncover a tragic secret and transition from private citizens to public defenders of their son.

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The Shelter-in-Place Virtual Film Series

The Shelter-in-Place Virtual Film Series is a joint project of Arkansas PBS (ArPBS), Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA), Arkansas Cinema Society (ACS), Washitaw Foothills Youth Media Arts & Literacy Collective (WFYMALC), Arkansas Minority Film & Arts Association (AMFAA), and Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement (APJMM).

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Broken Heart Land

When Zack Harrington, a gay teen from Norman, Oklahoma commits suicide after attending a city council meeting bitterly divided over LBGTQ rights, his conservative family learns how the searing pain of prejudice and misinformation led their son to hide his HIV positive status and forgo treatment. After a divisive political campaign pits his mother, Nancy, against one of the most outspoken anti-gay citizens, her family shares her transformation from private citizens to public advocates for Zack’s legacy.

81min 47sec


  • Kwami Abdul-Bey

    Co-Convenor of the Arkansas Peace and Justice Memorial Movement


  • Donald Wood

    Donald serves as Executive Director of Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA). A culture change agency with its roots dating back over half a century, JCA facilitates systemic change so all people in Arkansas can be treated like human beings and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. In addition to guiding the JCA’s strategic vision, Donald’s primary role is training and consulting with organizational executives and managers to be inclusive, equitable culture change leaders.

  • David Keens

    David (pronouns he/him/his) is a Marketing Technologist at Acxiom and is a lifelong tech geek, having worked in marketing, technology and data for twenty years. He is an active participant in the Diversity & Inclusion Council at Acxiom. David lives in the UK, about 50 miles from London.

  • Jeremy Stulberg

    Jeremy produced and directed the feature “Off the Grid: Life On the Mesa,” which screened at over 40 film festivals in the US and Europe, was nominated for a Gotham Award, and aired on the Sundance Channel. Jeremy’s latest directorial effort “Broken Heart Land” aired on PBS WORLD’s “America Reframed” in 2014, after receiving funding from NYSCA, Tribeca All Access, the Colin Higgins Foundation, and ITVS. Jeremy is currently producing “Growing Up Coy”, which has received generous support from the Sundance Documentary Fund and the Tribeca Film Institute. In 2014, attended the Sundance Film Festival, and the Sundance Lab as a Documentary Producing Fellow with the film. Jeremy’s editing credits include: The Education of Shelby Knox (Sundance, PBS’ POV), White Horse (Berlin FF, HBO), several episodes of PBS’ NOVA, and the upcoming Independent Lens film “Young Lakota.”

  • Randy Stulberg

    Randy is a visual artist and documentary filmmaker. Randy co-directed/co-produced “Off the Grid: Life On the Mesa,” and 2013’s “Broken Heart Land” with her brother Jeremy. Her work has been screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide and has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center. Her non-fiction work has been featured on Sundance Channel, MTV’s Emmy winning teen show MADE, and True Life., BBCNY, Al Gore’s Current TV, Posse Foundation and VICE. She is a graduate of NYU’s Studio Art program.

  • Eric Juhola

    Eric produced the ITVS/PBS documentary “Broken Heart Land” which was broadcast on AMDOC’s America ReFramed, and was the recipient of a Fledgling Fund grant to conduct a screening tour across heartland America over 2014-2015. Previously, Eric produced the Sundance Channel documentary and Gotham Award nominee “Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa”. He also wrote and directed the fiction short “Nowhere Kids,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Eric’s television directing & producing credits include “The Dr. Oz Show” for Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions, “The Barbara Walters Specials”, and “The View” on ABC, as well as HGTV’s highest rated show “House Hunters International.” Eric has received support from Sundance Doc Fund and the Tribeca Film Institute, and attended the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 as a Documentary Fellow for “Growing Up Coy.” He recently participated in the Sundance Producers Lab. Eric is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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