Directed by John O’Hara
Flint Hills: Meditations From A Kansas Prairie is a documentary film about the return of renowned author William Least Heat-Moon some 25 years after his sojourn to Chase County, Kan., inspiration for the New York Times-bestselling book PrairyErth: A Deep Map.
Published in 1991, Moon’s book made a small county on the tallgrass prairie famous, and received acclaim as one of the great travel essays of our generation. Richard West of the Chicago Sun-Times called PrairyErth: A Deep Map “our modern-day Walden.”
With renowned author William Least Heat-Moon as guide, moving interviews, the powerful imagery of the landscape, Flint Hills explores how a sparsely populated Kansas county went from living in a time warp to leading the way in environmental progress, and how opposing groups set aside differences and stereotypes in order to preserve the last undisturbed expanse of American prairie.
Heat-Moon believed that Chase County lived in a time warp, a still point near the heart of the nation. He worried that their 19th-century ways of life would one day force them to make a harsh transition to the 21st century. But, nine years into the new century, attitudes have changed and, although threats remain, the environmental outlook for Chase County is promising. Heat-Moon guides us through Chase County 2009, and learns how life and local culture have changed to make this place a frontrunner in the environmental and conservation movement.