Most Americans think Kansas is a place LGBTQ people leave.
No Place Like Home is about why they stay.
Based on the book by C.J. Janovy.
No Place Like Home takes you on a tour of a deep red state, to meet people who have found themselves in a battle for LGBTQ rights in the most unlikely places.
In places like rural Trego County, Salina and Topeka, you'll meet some of the people C.J. Janovy profiles in her book No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism in LGBT Kansas (University Press of Kansas, January 2018). You'll also meet emerging activists — ordinary people doing extraordinary things, all because they're committed to securing justice for everyone in their home state.
A well-known journalist based in Kansas City, Janovy spent four years reporting and writing the book. She'll narrate the film, interview the activists and tell you some of her own story, a story that drove her to write the book and produce the film.
Director: Kevin Willmott
Kevin is an Academy Award-winning, two-time Sundance Film Festival director, and co-writer, with Spike Lee, of BlacKkKlansman and Chi-Raq. His last project for Do Good Productions was the award-winning documentary Gordon Parks Elementary.
Producer/Writer: C.J. Janovy
C.J. is the author of No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas, winner of the 2019 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize, finalist for a 2019 Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Nonfiction and 2019 Kansas Notable Book. Janovy is the digital content editor at KCUR, Kansas City's NPR affiliate. Before joining KCUR, she spent a decade as editor of Kansas City’s alt-weekly, The Pitch.
Producer/Writer: Scott Richardson
Scott has produced several independent feature films and documentaries. His professional experience includes executive positions at ABC News and A&E Television Networks, and his writing has been published in The New York Times Magazine. Scott was a producer on Gordon Parks Elementary.
Producer: Sam Zeff
Sam is the metro reporter for KCUR, Kansas City's NPR affiliate. He produces the history podcast Archiver, and has produced documentaries for PBS stations in Pennsylvania and on A&E Network. He was also a producer on Gordon Parks Elementary. Sam has held leadership positions in TV newsrooms in Minneapolis, Kansas City and St. Louis.
For information on how to support this project, please contact Lisa Pelofsky at Byrne Pelofsky + Associates.
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