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“Hot Times in the Heartland” documentary examines climate change efforts in the Midwest

In the new documentary, “Hot Times in the Heartland,” explore regional stories on our warming planet and the solutions underway to strengthen climate resilience.

This March and April, there will be free screenings and television broadcasts of the two-hour documentary.

The documentary, produced by Prairie Hollow Productions, focuses on solutions to mitigate the impact of climate change and regional efforts in Kansas City and the greater Kaw Valley area of Kansas.

Local individuals and organizations share their experiences in the film including Lindsey Constance, co-founder of Climate Action KC; Tom Jacobs, director of environmental programs for the Mid-America Regional Council; Doug Kluck, regional director of climate services for NOAA; and Sami Aaron, founder of The Resilient Activist.

It also features insights from American environmental leaders and authors, Wes Jackson and Bill McKibben.

The documentary was produced by Dave Kendall of Prairie Hollow Productions, former host of the “Sunflower Journeys” series on public television, with the assistance of Rex Buchanan, director emeritus of the Kansas Geological Survey, and Laura Mead, a multimedia artist grounded in the tallgrass prairie of the Flint Hills.

Upcoming film screenings

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is hosting a free screening on Saturday, March 23 at 2 PM. The event will include a post-screening discussion.

Additional showings include:

  • Thursday, April 4, 7 pm, Liberty Hall, KU Climate Teach-In, Lawrence, KS
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2 pm, Craig Community Auditorium, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS
  • Monday, April 22, 7 pm, Forum Hall, K-State Union, Manhattan, KS

Television broadcasts include:

  • Sunday, March 24, 12:30 pm, Kansas City PBS
  • Sunday, March 24, 3 pm, Kansas City PBS 2
  • Thursday, April 18, 7:30 pm, KTWU/ Channel 11, Topeka
  • Sunday, April 21, 2:30 pm, KTWU/ Channel 11, Topeka

The film is also available to rent and buy on Vimeo.

To learn more about the documentary and upcoming film screenings, visit

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