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Blue River Documentary

Winner of a 2020 Midwest Regional Emmy

The Blue River Documentary Film features oral histories and the ecological and cultural history of the river. In conjunction with the Renew the Blue campaign, we aspire to bring attention to the river, its needs, and the many organizations working to improve it. Together we will promote positive outdoor experiences, remind people of the river’s proud past and inspire them about its future, and promote sustainable development.


The Blue River flows from Overland Park where the Wolf Creek meets Coffee creek to its confluence with the Missouri River through more than 40 miles of suburban, agricultural land, urban communities, industrial areas, Brownfields, wetlands, and forest. The river is a regional asset with great potential, but it is currently underused. According to a 2012 Mid-America Regional Council (regional planning agency) water quality survey, only nine percent of area residents know that they live in a watershed. People do not typically see the Blue River as a destination for respite and recreation. Once people know about this beautiful free place to play they will start to consider how to care for it.

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About the Filmmaker: Michael Price

Since settling in Kansas City, Michael has made films for private clients and Kansas City Public Television.  His two recent investigative films Evicted and Water Rates And Rivers, won Mid-America EMMYs in the Public Affairs Special category.  His hour-long film Our Divided City won the national 2017 NETA award in the Documentary category. 

In addition to filmmaking, Michael teaches journalism full time at Johnson County Community College in Kansas.

He studied law at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University and then radio for a Master's Degree at Goldsmiths, University of London. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife, Sara. For more information on his production company English Landing Films 



In 2020 HCA hosted a virtual series dedicated to exploring Kansas City's natural resources. Each month we hosted a free movie night featuring the Blue River documentary. Viewers had a chance to join a community conversation with the filmmaker Michael Price and other panelists to discuss conservation and environmental issues. The money raised from the events helped fund efforts to restore, protect, and offer more engagement with the Blue River.

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