The Film ‘Heartland’ Tells the Story of Coming of Age and Coming Out in Oklahoma

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Heartland tells the story of Lauren, an artist living in suburban Oklahoma, who has moved back home with her mom, Crystal, following the death of her girlfriend. The relentlessly chipper Crystal assumes her daughter is headed back to the straight and narrow, but Lauren is only paying lip service to her mother’s plans to stave off the pain of the recent tragedy.

When Lauren’s brother Justin comes home with his uptight girlfriend Carrie to help launch a local winery, he enlists Lauren and Carrie to help with the marketing concept. Although the two women are quite different, an attraction between them builds as Lauren rediscovers her sense of fun, and Carrie questions her traditional future. Eventually, the two begin a passionate affair that creates havoc when the secret comes out.

“The film Heartland is not your typical coming out film. “We will always have stories about ‘coming out,’” says the movie’s director and producer Maura Anderson, “but I think it’s important that movies start transcending this to places where central characters just happen to be gay, it isn’t the central theme of the story, it’s just a fact. This is the world we live in and for those people that don’t live in that reality, film is a great way to see that it can and does exist.”

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