Free screening of 'Harvesting the High Plains' set for Nov. 9
KPTS is proud to present "Harvesting the High Plains," an inspirational film of hope, character and success. A free public screening is set for Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita, followed by the broadcast debut Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. on KPTS Channel 8.
From Producers Jay Kriss and Sydney Duvall, "Harvesting the High Plains" was inspired by the works and writings of noted Kansas Historian Craig Miner, and based on the extensive correspondence between western Kansas farmer John Kriss and Wichita entrepreneur Ray Garvey. The film tells the true story of the rise of modern agriculture on the High Plains from the environmental ravages of the 1930s Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.
"KPTS is very proud to have been a part of this film," said Michele Gors, president and CEO of KPTS.
"This film is especially timely as Kansans once again battle to recover from the Great Recession and a prolonged period of drought. KPTS gratefully acknowledges the Delos V. Smith Senior Citizens Foundation for underwriting the broadcast debut."
"Harvesting the High Plains" is based on the actual correspondence between Ray Garvey and John Kriss over a 20-year period of time, following each decision, each failing and each triumph. "Though the film uses the story of GK Farms in western Kansas as our vehicle, this film is really about the character and fortitude of the American spirit," said Jay Kriss, producer/director. "This film sends a message that tough times don't last forever and the strength of a nation is preserved by those who persevere."
For more information, visit harvestingthehighplains.com or kpts.org.