Archive for November, 2009

 
From the mouths of Sarah Palin fans

From the mouths of Sarah Palin fans

Jezebel has posted a popular Youtube video of some interviews with fans lined up for a Sarah Palin book signing in Columbus, Ohio.
For the informed citizen, Palin’s fans are hard to listen to.  Here’s a typical exchange:
FAN:  (presumably in response to “what does Palin mean to you?”) Fairness, realness.
INTERVIEWER: Any policies, I guess, specifically, of [...]

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Thomas Frank vs. Glenn Beck

Thomas Frank vs. Glenn Beck

In the current issue of Playboy – yes, Playboy – Thomas Frank profiles conservative pundit and author Glenn Beck.
It’s natural that Thomas Frank would be drawn to Beck, who is among the leaders of the conservative populist rebellion against the Presidency of Barack Obama.  From our vantage point in Chicago, Beck’s fans remind us of [...]

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Manhattan, Kansas

The two Manhattans

George Haymont reviewed “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” back in October for his blog, My Cultural Landscape.
Writing about our movie alongside “New York, I Love You,” he couldn’t resist comparing Manhattan, New York to Manhattan, Kansas, beginning as follows:
While two new films focus on two very different areas of American life, they are tied together [...]

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Liberty Hall, Lawrence, KS

Kansas theatrical premiere at Liberty Hall, Lawrence, Dec 11-17

The one question we get asked most often is – when is “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” going to finally play in a theater in Kansas?  Well, the wait is over!
On Friday, December 11, 2009, the movie will begin a weeklong run at the historic Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas.  Known for live music, but [...]

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San Francisco Landmark screenings Jan 1-7

San Francisco Landmark screenings Jan 1-7

“What’s the Matter with Kansas?” will play for a weeklong engagement at one of the Landmark Theatres in San Francisco, either the Lumiere or the Opera Plaza, starting on Friday, Jan 1.  Check local listings and our web site closer to the time for details, we might not know which one until late December.
The filmmakers [...]

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“Kansas?” movie returns to Chicago December 18-23

“Kansas?” movie returns to Chicago December 18-23

“What’s the Matter with Kansas?” will return to the Gene Siskel Film Center in the heart of Chicago, for a pre-Christmas run, starting on Friday, December 18.  The filmmakers will attend two of the screenings.
Here’s the schedule:
Friday, December 18,  8:00 pm  – filmmakers Laura and Joe in attendance!
Saturday, December 19,  8:00 pm
- NO SHOW ON [...]

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FBI was warned about Scott Roeder before he shot Dr. Tiller

FBI was warned about Scott Roeder before he shot Dr. Tiller

From the Associated Press:
More than a month before the shooting of a high-profile abortion doctor, the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Kansas City received an anonymous letter warning that the man now charged in the case “would do physical harm” to Dr. George Tiller or any other abortion provider, the agency said.
The story gets strange [...]

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Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee: “Nothing’s the Matter with Kansas?”

In last year’s Republican primaries, Mike Huckabee won Kansas, which responded well to his social conservatism and populist rhetoric.
Hundreds of Kansans waited outside Watermark Books in Wichita (which is seen hosting Thomas Frank in our movie) to meet Huckabee and buy signed copies of his most recent book, A Simple Christmas.
“I just wish the rest [...]

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Conservative Party Candidate Douglas Hoffman

New York is becoming more like Kansas

In the election for the 23rd District in upper New York State, Democrat, Bill Owens narrowly defeated Conservative Party candidate, Douglas L. Hoffman.  But that isn’t the real story.
What’s interesting is that the Republican nominee, Dede Scozzafava, a moderate, withdrew from the race under pressure from leading conservative activists like Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty.  [...]

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