What Happened to Kansas?
What Happened to Kansas?
So many people ask: What's the Matter With Kansas, I wanted to know: What really happened? 18 Months, 30k Miles later...
So many people ask: What's the Matter With Kansas, I wanted to know: What really happened? 18 Months, 30k Miles later... Read more
About this project
12 Months ago, someone asked me what really is the matter with Kansas? Could Kansas change? How do the citizens feel about Kansas?
Since then, I and a few others have taken on a unique project: We made a commitment to visit every single one of Kansas 105 Counties, from St. Francis and Elkhart to Columbus and Atchison. What really is going on in Kansas?
I toured bridges and roadways in western Kansas. Attended Town Hall meetings for elected representatives in Iola, Emporia, Elkhart, Manhattan, Topeka, Pittsburg and more.
Everywhere I went the people had their own story of the past and future of Kansas. Over the months, I've tried to build that story - what really happened here? What is the future for Kansas?
In March of 2014, after collecting more than 80 hours of video, a friend proposed to me: start putting more up on Youtube and elsewhere. Let people see inside the townhall, inside civic meetings and show them what really goes on in their government.
Elected officials of both parties were given time to speak on the issues, to talk about what was happening in Kansas - and what they thought it would take to work to improve our state.
A few weeks ago I took time to LA to show early segments of video and to get a trailer cut together out of the video we have. But rather than provide a slickly produced video edited to show you what this film will look like, I wanted to provide something in this kickstarter that shows you what this film is made up of - average citizens and groups of citizens who were willing to speak freely on the record about their government, from city to federal. For those videos, feel free to check my Youtube channel, linked within my Bio.
Individuals and groups who appear include:
Jeff Coyler, KS-R Lt. Governor
Sam Brownback, KS-R Governor
Paul Davis KS-D Candidate for Governor
Lynn Jenkins, KS-R Representative District 2
Tim Huelskamp, KS-R
Jim Sherow, KS-D Candidate District 1
Kansas NEA Rallies and Members
Game On For Kansas Schools
Kelly Kultala, KS-D Candidate District 3
Salina City Council Meetings
City officers of over 75 City Governments throughout Kansas
Over 22 Elected House & Senate Members for the Kansas Legislature
Over 41 Mayors and Councilmen speaking to their issues.
Risks and challenges
We are on a hard and fast deadline. This project is being prepared for a Kansas City Film Festival and Presentation elsewhere in early September. Several of us continue to grab film and footage of major events ongoing in Kansas. Our last day of first-run recording is set in stone: July 4. After July 4, we must move our video content into the editing bays.
There will still be filming going on after July 4, but that will be aimed primarily at distribution via Youtube. Raw footage done after July 4 in accordance to our rewards will be edited together with a different editor so that we can get our project done on time.
Thankfully, we have access to up to three editors who have agreed to help work with us in editing together our content. On June 1, I switched over our recording to begin recording and editing footage in dual format: 4K for archival, and 1080P for internet services. I will also be livestreaming more civic events, from townhalls to public speeches so that Kansans can actually see what is happening in their state.
After an initial showing, all content will be available online as well as cut into segments based on counties and districts so that people can find content that really applies to them.
The most important part of this project, though, isn't just the completion of the film - it is a commitment to timely, detailed video, audio and interviews in areas of Kansas that simply don't have access to a bullhorn to get a message out.
How often have you watched real news about drought in Russell? The impact of school structure in Colby? How Amazon changes Coffeyville? When you sponsor this kickstarter, you aren't just backing the idea of a film documenting Kansas, but a commitment to ongoing efforts at providing Kansans a different way to look at their state, and a real look into their communities.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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