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Wichita reacts to “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”

For audiences across the country, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” is a fascinating journey into the heart of American conservatism, a place that for many of us is warmly familiar yet utterly foreign — in the best documentary fashion, the movie gets viewers close to people they don’t really know. In Wichita, however, everybody feels they already know these folks, they are their neighbors.

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Filmmakers will speak at IFP/Chicago Producers’ Series Sunday, May 2

Filmmakers will speak at IFP/Chicago Producers’ Series Sunday, May 2

Filmmakers Laura Cohen and Joe Winston will speak at the 2010 IFP/Chicago Producers’ Series, where they’ll relate their adventures making and marketing What’s the Matter with Kansas?
The Producers’ Series is an annual intensive workshop for professional and  emerging filmmakers to learn about how to actually get projects made and sold.  We attend every year and [...]

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Thomas Frank and Joe Winston at the Kansas City Premiere 3/12/10

Kansas City run EXTENDED

Due to overwhelming demand, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” will continue its run at the Tivoli Cinemas through Thursday, March 25, 2010 (then it moves to the Screenland Crown Center.)  Opening night sold out completely (see picture below) and lively discussions ensued afterwards.
A special shout-out is due to area organizations who contributed to the [...]

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Win free tickets on our Facebook page

Win free tickets on our Facebook page

Starting today, we will be giving away pairs of free tickets to see “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” at the E Street Cinema in Washington, D.C.  Become a fan on Facebook, and you’ll get the contests in your news feed, and can also find them on our fan page.
“What’s the Matter with Kansas?” will screen [...]

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San Francisco engagement – must close Thursday, January 14, 2010

San Francisco engagement – must close Thursday, January 14, 2010

“What’s the Matter with Kansas?” opened on Friday, Jan 1, 2010 for a week-long engagement at the Landmark Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco. Filmmakers Laura Cohen and Joe Winston will attend both evening screenings on the first two nights to take questions from the audience.  UPDATE: due to a hugely successful opening weekend, the movie [...]

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One of the Ten Best Documentaries of 2009

One of the Ten Best Documentaries of 2009

Roger Ebert just named his Ten Best Documentaries of the year, and “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” made the list!  Of course all of us who made the movie are thrilled and honored.  (His original review is here.)  Ebert is quick to note, though, that like a lot of his favorite docs, very few people [...]

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We love seeing the movie's name in lights

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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Listen to “This is Hell” radio interview

Listen to “This is Hell” radio interview

Thomas Frank and Joe Winston were guests on “This is Hell” on WNUR last Saturday morning.  You can now listen to that interview, by downloading it from the “This is Hell” web site.  Our interview begins almost exactly 10 minutes in.
Chuck Mertz’s talk show is one of the smartest, most acerbic programs on the radio [...]

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Listen to Laura, Joe and Tom’s WBEZ radio interview

Listen to Laura, Joe and Tom’s WBEZ radio interview

WBEZ has posted the entire episode of “Eight Forty-Eight”, the program we appeared on this morning, and we’ve grabbed our interview for your listening pleasure.  It’s the most fun we’ve had at Navy Pier (where WBEZ’s studios are located) without riding the Ferris Wheel.
Click here to listen or download the MP3.

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WBEZ radio interview tomorrow

WBEZ radio interview tomorrow

Tomorrow morning, filmmakers Laura Cohen, Joe Winston and author Thomas Frank will all appear on WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, for an interview on “848″ to talk about the journey from page to screen of “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” on the eve of its Chicago Premiere.  If you’re in or near Chicago, tune in to [...]

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Welcome to the new blog, new web site

Welcome to the new blog, new web site

Hello, and welcome to the new blog for “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” We’re still making improvements, so leave us comments and let us know how the new blog layout and the new site work for you!

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