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Harvesting the High Plains

Harvesting the High Plains Movie Premiere

Local Screening in Colby, KS, Thursday, November 8, 7:30pm
SHPTV Broadcast Premiere Thursday, November 15, 7pm CT

Smoky Hills Public Television is proud to present Harvesting the High Plains, an inspirational film of hope, persistence and triumph. The movie will be screened in Colby, Kansas on Thursday, November 8, at 7:30pm. Partnering with the Colby/Thomas County Chamber of Commerce and the Colby Convention and Visitors Bureau, Smoky Hills Public Television is excited to work with Inspirit Creative to showcase their 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.  If you would like tickets, please stop by the Chamber office located at 350 S. Range, Suite 10. For more information regarding tickets call the Chamber at 785-460-3401. The video will then be broadcast on Smoky Hills Public Television on Thursday, November 15 at 7pm CT.


“We are proud to present such an incredible story of success through adversity,” said Michael Quade, CEO and General Manager of Smoky Hills Public Television. “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 1930’s 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 ever 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 30’s” in Colby, Kansas and the actual farming methods and equipment used during the time.


“This story brings to life the human challenges we all face,” said Producer Sydney Duvall. “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,” said Jay Kriss. “That dream, described over 250 years ago, lives within each of us, we need only to claim it.”


Smoky Hills Public Television has partnered with Inspirit Creative, based in Williamsburg, VA, to bring you Harvesting the High Plains. The Bruce Cochener Foundation and the Kansas Humanities Council provided major funding for the film.  For more information and to watch a preview of the film, visit



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