Abandoned at Age 13 by His Mother: The Sam + Reed Harkness Story

Sam Harkness opens up about his decades-long journey to find his mother who abandoned the family when he was just 13 years old. His half brother Reed chronicled the entire process in the critically acclaimed documentary Sam Now.

Watch SAM NOW Streaming Now on PBS Independent Lens from June 6. For more info visit: https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/documentaries/sam-now/ 

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Guest Bio:

Reed Harkness, Director  / Producer /  Cinematographer

Reed attended film school in his backyard and garage. At age 18, he began making a series of short films starring his younger brother Sam. This was the beginning of a project  two decades in the making: SAM NOW, a coming-of-age film  that follows his brother from age 11 to 36. Reed also directed  the award-winning 30-minute documentary FOREST ON FIRE and the documentary series for Topic, HOUSE ON FIRE. See more at haha.work

Sam Harkness 

Sam is currently doing independent contract work providing gender based violence prevention presentations to high school health classes, high school sports teams and college classes. The presentations raise awareness and provide info about dating violence, red flags in relationships, bystander intervention, survivor allyship and resources on how to get help if you’re experiencing domestic or dating violence. His Meyers Briggs is Ginny Weasly and his enneagram is type Frodo with an Aragorn wing.

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