On this week’s episode of The Local Show, Nick Haines talks to Harvest Public Media’s Donna Vestal about the new documentary, Changing Lands, Changing Hands. We meet a group of local sculptors that create molds for toys and action figures. And, Randy Mason sits down with Kerwin Young, a UMKC Conservatory student who previously worked as a producer for the rap group Public Enemy.
Changing Lands, Changing Hands
Harvest Public Media Editor Donna Vestal discusses the documentary, Changing Lands, Changing Hands, which will air on KCPT Friday night at 8 p.m. Twenty-five percent of farmers are now over the age of 65. Their impending retirement has huge implications as more than half of the farmland in Kansas, Missouri and the rest of the Midwest could change hands during the next generation.
The Secret Story of Toys
Mile Deep Films producer Anthony Ladesich presents The Secret Story of Toys. He takes us inside a local community of sculptors who create what eventually become the parts and pieces for action figures from TV and films such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Terminator, Napoleon Dynamite and many more of the largest film and video game franchises. From the Livestock Exchange Building in the West Bottoms to the shelves of stores across the world, this community of artists don’t depend on 3D printers but rather sculpt the toys by hand from a lump of clay.
Kerwin Young Becomes a Composer
In 1989, Kerwin Young was helping to produce some of the most influential rap music of all time with the group Public Enemy, who were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has produced music for films such as Sister Act 2, Spike Lee’s He Got Game, Green Card and several more. Today, Young is working on his master degree at the UMKC Conservatory and plans to continue on for a doctorate. Randy Mason talks to this talented composer about the new skills he is adding to his craft and what new challenges he is eager to tackle.