America ReFramed: Broken Heart Land

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June 24, 2014
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Welcome to WORLD Channel's online screening and live chat of BROKEN HEART LAND from docu-series America ReFramed! This event is simulcast with the season 2 finale of our documentary series.

On October 5th, 2010, gay teen Zack Harrington killed himself in his parent’s Norman, Oklahoma home. Earlier in the week, Zack attended a city council meeting in support of a proposal to recognize LGBTQ History Month in Norman. When the floor opened up for public comments, it was clear that the citizens were bitterly divided over gay rights. BROKEN HEART LAND follows the Harrington family as they find themselves in a public and private battle over their son’s legacy, and the politics of being gay in the Bible Belt.

Joining us for the conversation is BROKEN HEART LAND filmmakers Randy and Jeremy Stulberg, and producer Eric Juhola; Nancy and Nikki Harrington, Zack’s mother and sister; Crisis Services Director Athena Brewer of The Trevor Project; PFLAG's Southern Region Regional Director, Kay Holladay; LGBT youth advocate Jordan Scruggs; and Anthony R. D’Augelli, a Professor of Human Development and a community-clinical psychologist.

During the screening, please send us your questions and comments. Thank you for watching and participating!

Video Description

Broken Heart Land

On an autumn afternoon in Norman, Oklahoma, gay teen Zack Harrington killed himself with a gunshot to the head. Against the backdrop of a town bitterly divided on the issue of homosexuality, his parents, both conservative Republicans and military veterans, are forced to reconcile their own social and political beliefs with their son's death.

99min 23sec


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    Sharon Wong

    WORLD Channel's Editorial Coordinator and Social Media Manager (facebook: WORLD Channel, Twitter: @worldchannelPTV)


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    Jeremy Stulberg


    Jeremy Stulberg is the director of “Broken Heart Land,” which received funding from NYSCA, Tribeca All Access, the Colin Higgins Foundation and ITVS. He produced and directed the Gotham Award–nominated feature “Off the Grid: Life On the Mesa,” which screened at over 40 film festivals in the U.S. and Europe. As a motion picture editor, Jeremy’s credits include: “The Education of Shelby Knox,” “White Horse,” several episodes of PBS’ NOVA series, and the 2014 Independent Lens film “Young Lakota.” This year, Jeremy was a named a Sundance Documentary Fellow. He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

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    Randy Stulberg


    Randy Stulberg is a visual artist and documentary filmmaker. Randy co-directed/co-produced “Off the Grid: Life On the Mesa,” and “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. Randy’s non-fiction work has been featured on Sundance Channel, MTV’s MADE and True Life,, BBCNY, Current TV, Posse Foundation and VICE. She is a graduate of NYU’s Studio Art program.

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    Eric Juhola


    Eric Juhola is the producer of “Broken Heart Land.” He has produced the Gotham Award-nominee “Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa” and the upcoming documentary “Untitled Transgender Youth Project.” Eric 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,” “The Barbara Walters Specials,” and “The View” as well as “House Hunters International.” He has directed documentaries and specials for Current TV, Discovery Channel, MTV, TLC, and TruTV. 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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    Nancy Harrington


    Nancy Harrington was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Oklahoma University, she joined the Air Force and married her husband Van. When she retired as a Major, she and Van returned to her childhood home to raise their children, Nikki, Zack and Austin. Later, she earned a Masters in Special Education from OU and now teaches students with learning disabilities as a Special Education Teacher. After the tragic suicide of her son Zack, Nancy has become an advocate for LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS education.

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    Nikki Harrington


    Nikki Harrington, a graduate of Oklahoma University, is a home design professional based in Norman, Oklahoma. Her life was forever changed when her younger brother Zack tragically took his own life in the wake of a controversial city council meeting about LGBT History Month in her hometown.

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    Kay Holladay


    Kay Holladay is the Southern Region Regional Director of PFLAG national, serving Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. In 1997, Kay co-founded the PFLAG Norman Chapter, and has served as its president and its safe schools coordinator. She has a master’s degree in public health and is the former Director of Surveillance and Care Delivery in the HIV/STD Service of the Oklahoma State Department of Health and former executive director of CarePoint, which, at the time, was Oklahoma's largest HIV/AIDS service organization. She has served as president of AIDS Walk of Oklahoma City, Inc. and other nonprofit organizations. Kay and her husband, Don, live in Norman, OK.

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    Athena Brewer


    Athena Brewer is the Crisis Services Director for Trevor’s crisis chat and crisis text program. She leads a team that provides crisis counseling to over 600 suicidal LGBTQ youth each month and oversees, a social networking site for LGBTQ youth, which provides a supportive space for 90,000 LGBTQ youth world-wide to receive peer support. She received her BA in Women’s Studies from The College of William and Mary, and a MA in Clinical Psychology from The New College of California. Athena is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and maintains a private practice in Los Angeles, with a focus on LGBTQ adolescents, adults, and couples.

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    Jordan Scruggs


    Jordan Scruggs is a community activist and a member of the Trevor Project’s Youth Advisory Council. Being heavily involved with politics, civil rights and activism, her personal story has been featured in The New York Times, GLAAD online articles and has been a speaker at The Trevor Project’s Live event in Los Angeles. She's been working as an advocate for the LGBT community in her home state of Tennessee since 2011 with The Trevor Project. Over the years has campaigned for the repeal of the military’s ban known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell;” anti-bullying legislation; participated in GLSEN’s “Day of Silence;” and built a coalition of LGBT-inclusive churches in Tennessee, “Faith In Me.” She’s also passionate about her involvement with SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW and OFA: Organizing for Action.

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    Anthony R. D'Augelli


    Anthony R. D’Augelli, Ph.D. is a Professor of Human Development in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. He is a community-clinical psychologist whose primary interest has been research and writing on sexual orientation and human development, especially during adolescence and young adulthood. He is the co-editor of four books on research on LGBT lives, and the co-author of The Challenges of Being a Rural Gay Man: Coping with Stigma.

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