The very first comment on our YouTube page said “Whats the matter with LA, NY, Miami, Las Vegas! Do a film on that!”
Likewise, when we were addressing a packed theater in Wichita back in October, not a few people asked, in essence, “Why pick on Kansas?”
That’s a good question.
Of course, our movie follows in the footsteps of Thomas Frank’s famous book. He selected Kansas as a focal point for his critique of American politics because it is both so typical and so exceptional at the same time.
When you visit Kansas – as few people do, it annually ranks nearly last among the 50 states in tourism – you see a place that is in many ways the very embodiment of middle America.
As Tom Frank writes – it’s where Superman grew up and Dorothy longs to return.
But actually, Kansas is not just like everywhere else. It’s been a focal point for radical changes in America.
Get to know a few Kansans, as we did over four years of filming, and you find they are fiercely proud, independent, steeped in history. And social trends that start in Kansas have tended to go national.
Besides, we already know What’s the Matter with California (you can look that one up yourself.)