Okay, so everyone’s been impressed by now by how much Obama inspired youthful activism in the 2008 election cycle. In making our movie, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” we spent a fair amount of time with young conservative activists who were equally impressive. So check out this kid at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference [...]
David Sirota, writing in Salon, muses that Republicans could revive their fortunes if they embrace populism, as Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul did during the primary campaign, calling Wall Street tycoons “criminals.”
Of course, at some point such rhetoric would need to be backed up by real policy proposals. And it’s safe to say that Republicans [...]
Thomas Frank, in his column in today’s Wall Street Journal, calls the billions of dollars in Wall Street bonuses an outrage, and refers back to, yes, his home state of Kansas and the Populist movement which took the state by storm in the 1890s.
Kansans in the 1890s cried out “raise less corn, and more hell!” [...]
Obama’s President now, so who cares about the conservatives? Haven’t they now “lost” the heart of America? Shouldn’t we just move on?
Well, the election was not a landslide, nor did it redraw the electoral map. Plenty of working-class whites voted for McCain. And those pesky “wedge” issues are not going away. Mainly what happened was [...]
This is a bit off-topic for this blog but we couldn’t resist….
“What’s the Matter with Kansas?” director Joe Winston grew up three blocks from the Obama’s house, and did a lot of filming in Hyde Park. Eighteen years ago, in the spring of 1990, he filmed a series of memorable interviews on black-white race relations [...]
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 [...]
The most frequent question we get from folks who visit this web site, or our Facebook page, is “When is the movie coming out?”
Great question. Short answer: we don’t know yet, sometime in 2009.
The projects’ status is that the movie is complete, and in the process of being submitted to film festivals. Once we are [...]
What can you say about a film festival where the mayor of the city shows up, puts on an apron, and dishes up some first-class barbecue?
Yes, that’s right – the mayor of Wichita threw a barbecue for the Tallgrass Film Festival participants.
From the moment we were picked up from the airport, the Tallgrass crew were [...]