William Allen White film premiere
The William Allen White Foundation will premiere a new film on William Allen White during the 150th birth year commemoration.
The foundation, in coordination with the KU Endowment Association, organized the funding of the film, titled "William Allen White: What's the Matter with Kansas."
Kevin Willmott, a film professor at the University of Kansas, alongside producer Scott Richardson, created the full-length feature film on White to help extend the legacy of the Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher known as the "Sage of Emporia."
Though much of White’s life has been preserved and recorded through biographies, along with his countless written works, the film will attempt to present topics that have previously taken a backseat to his journalism career. White’s activism as a progressive Republican and his commitment to racial tolerance are parts of White’s life the film will center on. Watch the film trailer here.
The principal funding partners are:
• Dwayne and Velma Wallace Foundation
• William T. Kemper Foundation
• Kansas Newspaper Foundation
• Trusler Foundation
• Kansas Creative Arts Industry Commission
• Kansas Humanities Council
• Emporia Community Foundation
The film premiere is free and open to the public, at 5:30 p.m., April 25, in 3139 Wescoe Hall.
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