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Posted October 7, 2008

Kansas, meet Kansas

If you were in Chicago circa 1989–1993 to witness the “Joe’s Basement” phenomenon on public access TV — or have visited the video archive at Ow Myeye Productions — you may think you know all there is to know about video editor and producer Joe Winston. (You may alternatively know Joe for his wild documentaries of the Burning Man Festival back when that event was still pure anarchist fun.) But what has Winston been up to lately? For the past two years, Winston teamed up with producer Laura Cohen to create a documentary inspired by Tom Frank’s popular book “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” This is a really compelling doc, so check the WTMWK site frequently for upcoming showings. The movie has been making the rounds of local screenings and film festivals, and recently opened the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita where it sold out three screenings. Congratulations Joe and Laura!