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Eric Juhola

Filmmaker, Impact Producer, and Teacher of Visual Storytelling at New York University

Eric Juhola is the producer and director of “Growing Up Coy”, a feature documentary about transgender youth rights that premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in 2016, and won 2 “Best Documentary” awards at film festivals. Over the course of production, Eric was invited to be a Sundance Fellow and participated in the Sundance Producer’s Lab. The film is being distributed worldwide by Netflix in 2017. Previously, Eric produced the ITVS documentary “Broken Heart Land”, about the family of a gay teenager in Oklahoma who committed suicide upon learning he was HIV positive. The film aired on WORLD Channel’s America ReFramed in 2014. In addition to the broadcast, the film was funded by the Fledgling Fund to conduct a screening tour throughout eight states in the bible-belt that have laws which prohibit discussion of homosexuality in public education. In Norman, Oklahoma, screenings contributed to a policy change about how schools deal with at-risk LGBT students and also led to the formation of the Interfaith council "Norman United," committed to introducing LGBT equality legislation in the city. Eric also produced the Gotham Award-nominated documentary “Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa”, winning 8 best documentary prizes at festivals around the world, followed by a limited theatrical release and US broadcast on the Sundance Channel. He is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he currently serves on the faculty, teaching a visual storytelling production class in the Open Arts Program.

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