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Roll out the Red Carpet! Documentary Wins Regional Emmy

Updated: Dec 21, 2020

By Jill Erickson

The story of the Blue River is our story, too. In a recent documentary, filmmaker Michael Price, English Landing Films captures a glimpse of the varied and complex relationships between our city and its rivers and streams. The film debuted in January on KCPT and thousands were able to hear some of these stories, meet the Blue River and experience her beauty. We learned in November, the film has been recognized with a Regional Emmy Award for Current Affairs.

Michael Price, English Landing Films, worked with HCA for 3 years to create the Blue River Documentary and has participated in each one of the panels to offer his insight and experiences during filming.

When Covid-19 kept us from hosting community events and sharing the film with more neighborhoods throughout the city, we pivoted to hosting virtual events. Since July, we have hosted four "Monday Movie Nights" with panelists joining viewers after each screening to discuss some of the key topics explored in the film including land restoration, outdoor recreation, climate resiliency and the relationship between art and nature.

We hope you can join us for our final Monday Movie Night on Monday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing a topic that is on everyone's minds this year - our health. What role does nature play in community health? How can we be healthier by connecting more with nature? How can we work to make the river healthier? Michael Price will moderate a panel of local experts who can help us answer these questions and provide insight on the important role nature plays in our health. Join us and learn how nature heals PTSD, explore how foraging can heal your gut and the role bees have in a child's health in our city.

We are especially thankful for the support and leadership from the Health Forward Foundation in underwriting this month's Monday Movie Night. We look forward to opening remarks from Jason Williams

Connie Chapman's (right) passion for preserving valuable ecological areas led her to work with Jill Erickson, Scott Schulte and Ginny Moore to envision Heartland Conservation Alliance.

As always, it is free to attend, but I encourage you to make a donation to support all of our programming year round. Click here or text "NeedNature" to 44-321.

See you at the movies!

Roberta Vogel-Leutung (center) of Green Works KC was helpful in teaching HCA's Executive Director, Jill Erickson, how to kayak along the Blue River.

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