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Video:  director Joe Winston on The Interview Show

Video: director Joe Winston on The Interview Show

A few weeks back, Joe had the great pleasure of sitting for a chat with Mark Bazer, the witty and talented host of The Interview Show, a monthly talk show which tapes at the Hideout in Chicago.
As good as the video is, it was much more fun to see the show live. Talkshow + [...]

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Paul A. Ibbetson

Paul Ibbetson – only one shower required after watching our movie

Radio host and former Cherryvale, Kansas police chief Paul A. Ibbetson finally got a look at the movie “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” a few weeks after publishing a lengthy diatribe against it which invoked both Michael Moore and Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

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Donn Teske w/ stogie

“An honest dialog about who we are”

Christopher Renner of the Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice held a community screening of “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” on October 13, and he reflects on it in the Kansas Free Press. Kansas Farmers Union President Donn Teske, who is featured in the movie, addressed the packed auditorium after the screening.
From Christopher:
The film explores [...]

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Can liberals and conservatives enjoy the same movie?

Can liberals and conservatives enjoy the same movie?

Our film adaptation of Thomas Frank’s “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” raises eyebrows with some fans of the book, because it does not set out to explain the whole argument Frank makes about why social conservatives overwhelmingly vote Republican (even last fall, in the face of economic disaster.)

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Some fine Oklahoma hospitality

So Joe and Tom have returned from Oklahoma and unpacked our bags, after a very rewarding visit (at this point, Laura is too pregnant for travel.)  Neither of us had ever been to Oklahoma before, and Steve Hunt and David Glover, the activists who got the ball rolling, made sure we had everything we needed.  [...]

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Friday, Oct 16 – One night screening at Columbia College Chicago

Friday, Oct 16 – One night screening at Columbia College Chicago

“What’s the Matter with Kansas?” will take a bow once more on a Chicago screen, this time as part of Columbia College’s excellent series “Critical Encounters: Fact & Faith.”  You can also sign up on Facebook.
Director Joe Winston will discuss the movie after the screening.
Here are the details:
“What’s the Matter with Kansas?”
Columbia College Film Row [...]

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A refreshing breeze

A refreshing breeze

The Oklahoman shows some appreciation for the evenhanded tone of our movie:
Joe Winston’s “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” explores how real people live, work, think and vote in Oklahoma’s neighbor to the north. While it addresses clearly the fractures in Kansas’ body politic, it is the rare political documentary in which no one is labeled [...]

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Early reactions from Oklahoma

The OK Gazette has weighed in on “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” in advance of our screenings and appearances in Tulsa on Friday and Oklahoma City on Saturday.  After playing to big-city crowds in Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago, we’re eager to hear from audiences in the heartland.  This reviewer clearly takes the idea [...]

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San Francisco Doc/Fest Oct 18 & 22

San Francisco Doc/Fest Oct 18 & 22

“What’s the Matter with Kansas?” will have its West Coast Premiere at the 2009 SF Doc/Fest.  The movie will screen twice:
Sunday, October 18, 9:15 pm
Thursday, October 22, 7:00 pm
Screenings will be held at the lovely and historic Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA (415)-863-1087
You can buy advance tickets from the SF Doc/Fest web [...]

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Playing to both sides of the aisle in Kansas

Playing to both sides of the aisle in Kansas

In the wake of Michael Moore, Sasha Baron Cohen, and their counterparts on the right, Non-fiction filmmakers are often accused of preaching only to the choir.  Here at “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” we suffer from an even more vainglorious ambition – we want our movie to be seen by people who disagree with each [...]

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They love us in Alabama

They love us in Alabama

Left in Alabama has taken a look at “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” and they like what they see:
At the outset, the film presents a broad spectrum of Kansans; there’s the former Republican farmer who fights for small farmers and against global warming, the migrant workers from Mexico who come to Kansas hoping to earn a better life in [...]

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