Blue River Documentary



Join us for a virtual series dedicated to exploring Kansas City's natural resources. Each month we will host a free movie night featuring the Blue River documentary. You will have a chance to join a community conversation with the filmmaker Michael Price and other panelists to discuss conservation and environmental issues. This event is free, but we suggest a $10 donation which will help fund efforts to restore, protect, and offer more engagement with the Blue River.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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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.

Virtual Screening Room


August 31

Panelists: Michael Price, English Landing Films; Connie Chapman, Landowner; Heidi Mehl, The Nature Conservancy; Vicki Richmond Healthy Rivers Partnership; Shannon Tyree, Habitat Architects

Climate Change

September 28

Panelists: Michael Price, English Landing Films; Bob Berkebile, urban redeveloper; Tom Jacobs, Mid-America Regional Council; Kelly Blandford, The Nature Conservancy 

Art & Nature

October 26

Panelists: Michael Price, English Landing Films; Calvin Arsenia, Center Cut Records; Carl Stafford, MY REGION WINS!; Nika Renee, Poet

Value of Nature

November 23

Panelists: To Be Announced

Watching the Movie at Home

We will broadcast the event using Zoom. We suggest you download the app in advance of the showtime.

The easiest way to watch the video on your TV is to connect your computer to your TV with an HDMI cable. Insert one end of the cable in the port on the side of your computer, and the other end of the cable in the port behind your TV.  You may need to change where your TV is receiving the input. To do this, press the "input" button on your remote and choose the HDMI option on your TV screen. You should be able to see your computer on your TV now.

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 

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Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center

4750 Troost Avenue

Kansas City, MO 64110

(816) 759-7305, ext. 1148

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