Attending and Participating in Q&A Session:
Co-Directors -Jeremy and Randy Stulberg
Editor and filmmaker Jeremy Stulberg’s film Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa, co-directed with sister Randy, screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide, won eight best documentary prizes, was nominated for a Gotham Award, premiered on the Sundance Channel and was released on Netflix and iTunes. His work with Randy has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center, and they’ve received grants from ITVS, The Sundance Documentary Fund, Tribeca All Access, NYSCA, The Schwab Charitable Trust, and the Colin Higgins Foundation. Jeremy is a 2014 Sundance Documentary Producing Fellow. Editor credits include The Education of Shelby Knox (Sundance, PBS’ POV), White Horse (Berlin Film Festival, HBO), several episodes of PBS' NOVA, and the Independent Lens film Young Lakota. He is a graduate of NYU.
Randy Stulberg, a filmmaker and writer whose film Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa, co-directed with brother Jeremy, screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide, won eight best documentary prizes, was nominated for a Gotham Award, premiered on the Sundance Channel and was released on Netflix and iTunes. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center and with Jeremy she’s received grants from ITVS, The Sundance Documentary Fund, Tribeca All Access, NYSCA, The Schwab Charitable Trust, and the Colin Higgins Foundation. She has produced and shot for MTV, CNN.com, Discovery, Current TV, Vice, and the Posse Foundation. She is a graduate of NYU.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2015 7:00PM
BROKEN HEART LAND
Directors: Jeremy Stulberg and Randy Stulberg
2014, USA, 81 min.
On an early autumn afternoon, in his parent’s ranch in Norman, Oklahoma, gay teen Zack Harrington killed himself with a gunshot to the head. One week earlier, Zack attended a local city council meeting in support of a proposal for LGBTQ History Month in his bible-belt town. When the floor was opened up for public comment, some community members made highly controversial statements equating being gay with the spread of diseases such as HIV and AIDS.
Against the backdrop of a town bitterly divided on the issue of homosexuality, Zack’s grief-stricken parents, both conservative Republicans and military veterans, are forced to reconcile their own social and political beliefs with their son’s death. Determined to understand Zack, they discover a private diary, which paints a gripping portrait of a boy in crisis. Ultimately, they discover a chilling secret that Zack kept hidden for almost two years, which leads them to some painful conclusions about their son’s life and death.
When an outspoken conservative citizen runs for City Council, the Harringtons decide to join a politically active group called “MOMS: Mothers of Many” (mainly comprised of local mothers of LGBTQ youth). Over the course of the local election season, we witness Zack’s family, once private and politically conservative, come out of their own closet, moving from private denial to a climactic and very public acceptance of their son’s legacy.
Members $10/Public $15 • Includes Reception Following Film