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SHPTV will screen harvesting documentary in Colby


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

BUNKER HILL -- Smoky Hills Public Television is presenting "Harvesting the High Plains," an inspirational film of hope, persistence and triumph. The movie will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in Colby. Partnering with the Colby/Thomas County Chamber of Commerce and the Colby Convention and Visitors Bureau, SHPTV worked Inspirit Creative to showcase the film.

Tickets for the Colby premiere are available to the public free of charge. However, seating is limited and tickets are on a first-come basis. Admission to the premiere is by advanced ticket only, and tickets will not be available at the door. Stop by the chamber office, 350 S. Range, Ste. 10, for tickets. For more information, call (785) 460-3401. The video then will be broadcast on Smoky Hills Public Television at 7 p.m. Nov. 15.

"We are proud to present such an incredible story of success through adversity," said Michael Quade, CEO and general manager of SHPTV. "This film could not have premiered at a more relevant time, as Kansans have recently endured both a prolonged drought and another recession."

Inspirit Creative brings to life the story of two men who lived during the 1930s in western Kansas. The film documentary traces a single farming operation that began during the Dust Bowl in 1933 and overcame the impossible to harvest one of the largest wheat crops raised by a single farming operation in 1947.

The story is told through the written correspondence of these men, describing in detail each challenge, failure and triumph. The methods these men pioneered restored the land and reclaimed the High Plains as the Bread Basket of the World. The film is narrated by Mike Rowe, creator and host of the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs." "Harvesting the High Plains" was inspired by the work on western Kansas by noted Kansas historian Craig Miner.

Director Jay Kriss made extensive use of historic films from the period, as well as, recreating the "Dirty '30s" in Colby and the actual farming methods and equipment used during the time.

"This story brings to life the human challenges we all face," producer Sydney Duvall said.

"Though the time may be different, the obstacles remain today. These men showed that through perseverance one could overcome the odds."

"This film really is the American Dream come to life," Kriss said. "That dream, described over 250 years ago, lives within each of us. We need only to claim it."

For more information, visit www.harvestingthehighplains.com or www.smokyhillstv.org.