This week: the movie theatre business, Wome and Girls Lead, electric cars

This week: the movie theatre business, Wome and Girls Lead, electric cars


WHAT’S POPPING IN THE MOVIE
THEATER BUSINESS?
WE TRACK THE LATEST TRENDS.   WE CONTINUE OUR WOMEN AND
GIRLS LEAD SERIES.
AND LOOK AT HOW ELECTRIC   CARS ARE INSPIRING AT-RISK TEENS
TO SUCCEED.
PRINCIPAL FUNDING FOR THE   LOCAL SHOW PROVIDED BY FRANCIS
FAMILY FOUNDATION, FREDERICK AND
LOUISE HARTWIG FAMILY FUND,   KAUFFMAN FOUNDATION, HEALTH CARE
FOUNDATION OF GREATER KANSAS
CITY, HALL FAMILY FOUNDATION,   JOHNSON COUNTY COMMUNITY
COLLEGE.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY:   AND KCPT MEMBERS.
THANK YOU.   HELLO.
I’M RANDY MASON.
AND I’M NICK HAINES.   WELCOME TO THE LOCAL SHOW.
LAST YEAR THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE
GOING TO MOVIE THEATERS IN THE   UNITED STATES HIT A 16-YEAR LOW.
WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART HOME
THEATER SYSTEMS, RED BOX,   KIOSKS, NETFLIX, MOVIES YOU CAN
DOWNLOAD TO YOUR PHONE, IS IT
ANY WONDER THEATERS ARE FINDING   IT HARD TO COMPETE?
LAST MONTH OVERLAND PARK
BASED MOVIE THEATER CHAIN   DICKENSON CLAIMED BANKRUPTCY.
THEY OWNED HALF A DOZEN,
INCLUDING WEST GLENN, PLAZA,   BLUE SPRINGS 8, WHICH THEY NOW
PLAN TO CLOSE.
WITH AMC RECENTLY SELLING TO   CHINA, WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE
INTERESTING TO FIND OUT WHAT IS
GOING ON IN THE MOVIE THEATER   BUSINESS.
DAVID BRAIN IS PRESIDENT AND
CEO OF ENTERTAINMENT PROPERTIES   IN KANSAS CITY, WHICH HAS
INVESTED OVER $1.4 MILLION IN
OVER 100 THEATERS IN THE COUNTRY   HOUSING OVER 2,000 MOVIE
SCREENS.
THERE HAS BEEN A 23%   REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF MOVIE
THEATERS IN THE UNITED STATES
SINCE 2002.   I MEAN, THIS CAN’T BE A GOOD
TIME TO BE IN THE MOVIE THEATER
BUSINESS.   WELL, THAT’S THE KIND OF
STATISTIC THAT OFTEN IS USED TO
MISLEAD PEOPLE ABOUT THE   BUSINESS, WHICH IS FUNDAMENTALLY
VERY HEALTHY.
SINCE 2002, FOR THE LAST 10   YEARS, WE’VE SEEN A LOT OF
GROWTH IN THE NUMBER OF SCREENS
AT A SINGLE LOCATION.   A LOT OF SIX-SCREEN THEATERS
HAVE GONE TO A SINGLE 16 TO 24
SCREEN THEATER.   THEREIN, YOU’VE LOST A NUMBER OF
LOCATIONS OR THEATERS, BUT
YOU’VE NOT REALLY CHANGED SEATS   OR SCREENS.
HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN WHAT’S
HAPPENED THEN IN OUR OWN MARKETS   HERE?
WE HAVE DICKENSON THAT OWNS THE
WEST GLENN, THE GREAT MALL   THEATER THERE THAT PEOPLE KNOW,
AND THEY’RE FILING FOR
BANKRUPTCY?   THEY’RE FILING FOR
BANKRUPTCY.
THEY’RE JUST LATE TO A PARTY   THAT OCCURRED SIX AND EIGHT AND
EVEN TEN YEARS BEFORE FOR A LOT
OF THE OTHER THEATER OPERATORS.   DICKINSON HAS SOME LESS
PRODUCTIVE OLDER LOCATIONS, VERY
OFTEN JUST AS WE ARE A LANDLORD   TO THE THEATER INDUSTRY, WE’RE
NOT A LANDLORD TO THEM, BUT THEY
ARE A TENANT AND VERY LONG-TERM   LEASES, 15 TO 20 YEAR LEASES.
DICKINSON FINALLY GOT TO THE
POINT THEY DECIDED STRUCTURALLY   TO TRY AND RELEASE THEMSELVES
FROM A LOT OF THESE LONG-TERM
OBLIGATIONS OF LESS PRODUCTIVE   LOCATION, AND THEY’RE TAKING
BANKRUPTCY TO DO THAT.
SO THAT DOESN’T MEAN THE   POLATSO IS NOT A GOING CONCERN.
EXACTLY.
THAT’S EXACTLY THE CASE.   IT IS A MANNER OF RESTRUCTURING
A LOT OF YOUR LONG-TERM
OBLIGATIONS.   THE INDUSTRY IS NOT BAD AND NOT
ALL OF YOUR LOCATIONS ARE
UNPRODUCTIVE.   SO THE COMPANY, I EXPECT, WILL
EMERGE INTACT OR POSSIBLY BE
BOUGHT OUT OF BANKRUPTCY BY   SOMEBODY ELSE LOOKING AT THE
LOCATIONS.
WHEN YOU GO INTO THESE COURT   RESTRUCTURES, IT’S A LITTLE BIT
OF A JUMP BALL.
YOU’RE NOT EXACTLY SURE AND NOT   FULLY IN CONTROL OF HOW THEY
COME OUT, SO THE COMPANY BAY MAY
BOUGHT AT THE END OF THIS   PROCESS, BUT THEY HAVE HEALTHY
PORTIONS AND THEY’RE A GOOD
COMPANY IN MANY, MANY RESPECTS,   EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE TAKING
BANKRUPTCIES, AND MANY OF THE
LOCATIONS ARE HEALTHY.   HELP US UNDERSTAND ANOTHER
ASPECT OF THE BUSINESS HERE OF
MOVIE THEATERS.   WE HEAR THAT MOVIE THEATERS
THEMSELVES ACTUALLY MAKE BARELY
ANY MONEY AT ALL FROM YOUR   TICKET WHEN YOU GO AND SEE A
MOVIE, AND THAT ALMOST ALL OF
THE MONEY IS COMING FROM THE   CONCESSIONS.
SO UNLESS YOU’RE BUYING AND
TAKING A SECOND MORTGAGE OUT ON   YOUR HOME TO PURCHASE THE
POPCORN AND THE SOFT DRINK,
THEY’RE NOT MAKING ANY MONEY ON   THE TICKET.
IS THAT REALLY TRUE?
AGAIN, POPULAR IMPRESSION,   BUT NOT REALLY TRUE.
I THINK THE POPULAR IMPRESSION
WAS FUELED A LITTLE BIT BY   THEATER OPERATORS WHO WANT YOU
TO BELIEVE THAT AND WANT TO SELL
THE HIGHER MARGIN ITEM, WHICH IS   THE CONCESSION ITEM, NO DOUBT
AND NO QUESTION ABOUT IT.
BUT THE SPLIT BETWEEN THE   STUDIOS AND THEATER OPERATORS
HAS BEEN AND CONTINUES TO BE
ABOUT A 50/50 SPLIT.   IT VARIES BY TITLE.
THERE ARE DIFFERENT NEGOTIATED
TERMS ON DIFFERENT FILMS,   PARTICULARLY RELATIVE TO
PROMOTIONAL BUDGETS.
THE HIGHER PROMOTIONAL BUDGET   FILMS STUDIO WANTS A HIGHER
SHARE.
LARGELY IT ENDS UP OVER THE RUNS   OF MANY FILMS OVER THE COURSE OF
THE YEAR, ABOUT A 50/50 SPLIT.
SO ON THAT 8-DOLLAR TICKET, THE   STUDIO IS MAKING $4 AND THE
THEATER OPERATOR IS MAKING 4.
NOW WE ALSO HAVE AMC MOVIE   THEATERS RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN
BACKYARD, AND WE LEARNED THIS
SUMMER THAT AMC, THAT HAS BEEN A   KANSAS CITY COMPANY FOR 90
YEARS, MOVES FROM KANSAS CITY TO
LEAWOOD, BUT ALSO THEN SELLS TO   THE WONDER GROUP, WHICH IS A
CHINESE COMPANY.
NOW, FROM A MOVIE-GOING POINT OF   VIEW, AND WE’VE SEEN LOTS OF
BUSINESS STORIES ABOUT WHAT THIS
MEANS TO SHAREHOLDERS AND ALL OF   THIS, BUT FROM A MOVIE GOING
POINT OF VIEW, DOES IT MAKE ANY
DIFFERENCE WHATSOEVER?   NOT A LOT, BUT AT THE MARGIN,
YES, AND A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE,
BECAUSE THE DOLLY WANDER GROUP   THEY’RE ALSO REFERRED TO WILL BE
AN AGGRESSIVE AND LONG-TERM
OWNER, WHERE THE OWNERSHIP   PARTICULARLY THE LAST SEVERAL
YEARS, 5 TO 7 YEARS OF AMC HAS
BEEN SHORT-TERM AND FINANCIALLY   ORIENTED.
SO YOU HAVE A CHANGE OF
OWNERSHIP TO A STRATEGIC   OWNERSHIP THAT’S VERY INTERESTED
IN THE INDUSTRY, ATTUNED TO THE
INDUSTRY AND VERY LONG-TERM, SO   I THINK SOME OF THE PROPERTY
MAINTENANCE AND SOME OF THE
INNOVATION THINGS THAT AMC HAS   CAPABILITY OF DEPLOYING WILL BE
DEPLOYED MORE AGGRESSIVELY, AND
YOU’LL HAVE AN INCREASE IN   CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MORE SO THAN
YOU’VE HAD IN THE LAST FEW
YEARS.   NOW, ONE WAY THAT AMC WAS
USING TO GET PEOPLE INTO THE
THEATERS JUST A FEW YEARS AGO   WAS RESERVED SEATING, AND YOU
HAD THE OPPORTUNITY, JUST LIKE
ON AN AIRLINE, YOU WOULD PICK   YOUR SEAT.
YES.
THEY GOT RID OF THAT WHOLE   SYSTEM.
YES.
BUT THAT WAS, I THOUGHT,   ATTRACTIVE TO SOME PEOPLE, AND
YOU ACTUALLY PAID MORE FOR THAT
PRIVILEGE.   YES.
WHAT HAPPENED?
WHY WASN’T THAT SUCCESSFUL?   I CAN’T REALLY TELL YOU WHY
IT WASN’T SUCCESSFUL.
IT’S HARD TO CHANGE PEOPLE’S   HABITS, BUT THE MOVIE-GOING
EXPERIENCE IS CHANGING, AND IT’S
CHANGING FUNDAMENTALLY FROM A   SINGLE CLASS EXPERIENCE TO A
MULTICLASS EXPERIENCE.
THERE WILL BE EMERGING — THERE   IS EMERGING AND THERE WILL BE
SOLIDIFIED OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL
YEARS KIND OF A COACH, BUSINESS   CLASS, FIRST CLASS MODEL, TO USE
AN AIRLINE ANALOGY THAT PEOPLE
ARE FAMILY WITH, WHEN IT COMES   TO THE MOVIES, AND RESERVED
SEATING LIKELY WILL BE PART OF
BUSINESS AND FIRST CLASS, BUT IT   PROBABLY WON’T BE IN THE COACH
CLASS.
THERE WAS AN ATTEMPT TO OVERLAY   IT INTO MORE OF THE COACH CLASS
EXPERIENCE.
SO UPGRADED SEATING, SMALLER   AUDITORIUMS, HIGHER SERVICE
LEVELS AND RESERVED SEATING WILL
EMERGE AND BE PART OF THE   LANDSCAPE IN THE FUTURE.
BUT YOU’RE ALL GOING TO BE IN
THE SAME THEATER, JUST DIFFERENT   SECTIONS OF THE THEATER LIKE ON
AN AIRLINE?
POSSIBLY, BUT LARGELY NOT.   THE EMERGING MODEL IS TO BREAK
OUT SEPARATE AUDITORIUMS FOR
THOSE SEPARATE CLASSES OF   SERVICES.
IN SOME CASES, THOUGH, THERE
WILL BE SEGMENTING OF THE SINGLE   AUDITORIUM TO THOSE SECOND
CLASSES.
WILL YOU BE PAYING MORE FOR   AN AISLE SEAT, DAVID?
POSSIBLY.
LIKELY NOT.   IT POSSIBLY WILL BE SEAT SIZE,
SPACING AND SERVICE THAT WILL
DICTATE PRICING MORE THAN   LOCATION IN THE THEATER.
WHY IS IT THEY HAVE STILL
THESE FRONT SEATS IN THE MOVIE   THEATERS THAT NOBODY WANTS TO BE
IN?
YOU HAVE A STIFF NECK AT THE END   OF THE EXPERIENCE.
WHY DO THEY STILL EVEN HAVE
THOSE AT THE FRONT OF THE   THEATER?
WHY DON’T THEY REMOVE THOSE OR
HAVE THOSE AT A CHEAPER RATE,   FOR INSTANCE, THAN THE OTHER
SEATS IN THE THEATER?
WELL, THERE HAS BEEN SOME   THOUGHT TO THE YIELD PRICING,
THE LATTER POINT.
THEY HAVE THOSE LARGELY FOR FILM   NEGOTIATION PURPOSES VERY OFTEN,
TO BE ABLE TO TELL THE STUDIO,
I’M GOING TO DEVOTE, YOU KNOW,   THREE AUDITORIUMS AND 1500 SEATS
TO THIS SHOW, AND THEREIN, THEY
NEGOTIATE BETTER FILM RENT, EVEN   THOUGH THERE IS NOT A HIGH
LIKELIHOOD OF SELLING ALL OF
THOSE 1500 SEATS.   SO THERE IS A THROW BACK AND
CONTRIBUTOR.
I WILL TELL YOU, NICK,   PARTICULARLY AMC HAS NOW BEEN
UTILIZING AN ALMOST NEAR FULL
HORIZONTAL MOTORIZED LOUNGE   CHAIR IN SOME OF THEIR UPPER
ROSE — ROWS AND CUTTING THOSE
ROWS EFFECTIVELY IN HALF.   SO WHERE THERE WERE NINE ROWS,
THERE MIGHT BE FOUR OR FIVE.
AND THIS IS PROVING TO BE   ATTRACTIVE.
PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN AN
AUDITORIUM WHERE THEY CAN GO TO   THOSE UPPER ROWS AND GET THIS
MOTORIZED LOUNGE CHAIR AND GET
MORE OF A SUITABLE VIEWING   ANGLE, AND THEY’RE LIKING IT A
LOT.
THE PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO PAY   FULL RATE FOR THAT.
NOW, WHAT ARE THE OTHER
TRENDS THAT WE SEE CERTAINLY IN   KANSAS CITY WITH REGARDS TO THE
ADDED BELLS AND WHISTLES IS THIS
SO-CALLED DINING IN THE THEATER   WITH AMC, AS WE’VE BEEN TALKING
ABOUT THEM, THE FORK AND SCREEN
EXPERIENCE.   YES.
CURRENTLY THAT’S ONLY AT THE
ONE IN OLATHE.   YES.
AND YOU CAN EAT AND HAVE A
WHOLE MENU AND DRINKS RIGHT   THERE IN THE THEATER AND EAT AT
THE SAME TIME.
YES.   HOW IS THAT WORKING OUT?
IT’S WORKING OUT VERY WELL,
BUT IT’S TAKEN A LITTLE BIT OF   TIME, LIKE CHANGING PEOPLE’S
HABITS, WE TALKED ABOUT IN THE
RESERVED SEATING, IT’S TAKING A   LITTLE TIME.
THE CURIOUS THING IS, WHEN YOU
WENT TO OLATHE AND YOU HAD A   CHOICE OF A 7-DOLLAR TICKET OR
17-DOLLAR TICKET, WHEN
INTRODUCED, THE 7-DOLLAR TICKET   ALWAYS SOLD OUT FIRST.
PEOPLE, IF THEY WANTED TO SEE
THE TITLE AND THERE WAS NO   CAPACITY LEFT AT $7, THEY WOULD
BUY THE 17-DOLLAR TICKET,
SOMETIMES GRUDGINGLY.   INTERESTING NOW, 20 MONTHS AFTER
INTRODUCTION, THE 17-DOLLAR
TICKET SELLS OUT FIRST.   PEOPLE ARE NOW RECOGNIZING IT
TAKES A LITTLE MORE TIME OF
ADOPTION BUT IT WILL BE A PART   OF THE INDUSTRY.
NOW, THERE WERE TWO PLACES
WHERE YOU COULD ACTUALLY EAT IN   THE MOVIE THEATER AS A PART OF
AMC.
ONE WAS IN OLATHE AND ONE WAS IN   THE AMC MAIN STREET, BUT AMC
JUST SOLD THAT AND NOW IT’S PART
OF THE ALAMO DRAFT HOUSE CINEMA.   IF THIS WAS SUCH A SUCCESSFUL
CONCEPT, WHY DID AMC SELL THAT
THEATER?   THAT REALLY — THAT MOVEMENT
AWAY FROM THE THEATER AND SALE
TO ALAMO WAS MORE OF A FRICTION   BETWEEN AMC AND THE CORD-ISH
COMPANY THAT’S RUNNING THE
ENTIRE POWER AND LIGHT DISTRICT.   CORDISH HAD A LOT OF CAPABILITY
OF DICTATING SOME OPERATIONAL
CHARACTERISTICS THAT AMC DID NOT   LIKE, AND IT WAS JUST A POINT OF
CONTENTION THERE THAT NEEDED TO
BE RESOLVED, AND THE BEST WAY TO   RESOLVE IT WAS FOR AMC TO SELL
THAT PROPERTY.
WHAT ARE THE TRENDS WE’RE   SEEING THEN FOR MOVIE THEATERS?
WE’VE TALKED ABOUT KANSAS CITY.
WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING AROUND   THE COUNTRY THAT WE MIGHT BE
SEEING IN THE FUTURE HERE IN OUR
OWN METROPOLITAN AREA?   YOU’RE GOING TO BE SEEING
THESE MULTIPLE CLASSES OF
SEATING DENSITY, SIZE OF   AUDITORIUM, AND INTERESTINGLY
NOW, WE’RE SEEING SOME BRANDED
FOODS MOVE INTO THE THEATER   OPERATION.
SO TRADITIONALLY WHEN YOU’VE
BEEN IN THE THEATER, THEY’VE ALL   BEEN — WELL, THEY’VE BEEN
BRANDED PACKAGED FOODS IN TERMS
OF CANDY AND SO FORTH.   BUT BRANDED PREPARED FOODS OF A
NATURE OF NAMES YOU WILL
RECOGNIZE, MAYBE NOT NATION   CHAINS BUT SOMETIMES LOCAL
CHAINS.
THIS WILL BEGIN TO OCCUR.   SOME OF THE BRANDED RESTAURANT
CHAINS ARE INTERESTED IN COMING
INTO THEATERS AND NEGOTIATING   DEALS THAT ARE ACCEPTABLE WITH
THEATER OPERATORS.
THE OTHER THING YOU’LL SEE,   NICK, AS WE’VE NOW MOVED PAST
THE 50% POINT WITH THE DIGITAL
CONVERSION OF THE INDUSTRY, YOU   WILL BEGIN TO SEE PRESENTATION
OF MATERIALS OTHER THAN
HOLLYWOOD FILMS, EVENTS,   CONCERTS, SPECIAL EVEN TOWN HALL
MEETINGS FOR POLITICAL
CANDIDATES AND THINGS GOING ON   OF A SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT
NATURE THAT WILL BRING OUT
AUDIENCE INTERACTION.   SO YOU’LL AGAIN TO SEE THAT AT A
DIFFERENT LEVEL THAN YOU’VE EVER
SEEN IT IN A MOVIE THEATER.   THESE WILL BE PRESENTATION
AUDITORIUMS, CONTENT RICH
FACILITIES, BUT NOT NECESSARILY   JUST MOVIES.
DAVID BRAIN, PRESIDENT AND
CEO OF THE ENTERTAINMENT   PROPERTY TRUST GROUP, THANK YOU
SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US.
IT’S BEEN MY PLEASURE.   IT’S BEEN FUN.
THANK YOU.
IT’S INTERMISSION.   RISE AND STRETCH TIME.
TIME TO REFRESH YOURSELF AND
VISIT OUR SNACK BAR.   GOT A YEN FOR A HOT POPCORN?
YOUR FAVORITE SOFT DRINKS ARE
SPARKLING COLD.   A JUICY FRANK SIZZLING HOT.
DELICIOUS COFFEE FRESHLY BREWED
AND ALL KINDS OF ICE CREAM AND   CANDY TO TEMPT YOU.
SO STRETCH YOUR LEGS.
COME TO THE SNACK BAR NOW.   ś   JUST ONE MINUTE TO GO.
HEY, FELLOWS, DON’T FIGHT
OVER THAT HOT DOG, THERE’S   PLENTY FOR EVERYONE.
BIG, PLUMP AND JUICY, ADD
MUSTARD, RELISH CATSUP AND GO TO   WORK.
THE HOT DOGS HERE ARE THE BEST
EVERYWHERE.   EVERYBODY AGREES ON THAT.
HEY, KIDS, HOW WOULD YOU LIKE
TO HEAR THIS ON THE SCREEN   INSTEAD OF THE GREAT SHOW YOU
CAME TO SEE?
(CHEERING).   THAT’S WHAT YOU SOUND LIKE.
HONEST, PLEASE COOPERATE AND DO
YOUR PART IN KEEPING THIS   THEATER QUIET SO EVERYONE,
INCLUDING YOU, CAN ENJOY IT.
REMEMBER LOTS OF ADULTS AND   KIDS, TOO, PAID ADMISSION TO
ENJOY THE SHOW.
WE MUST INSIST ON ABSOLUTE   QUIET, OTHERWISE WE WILL BE
FORCED TO EVICT ALL DISTURBANCE
MAKERS FROM THE THEATER.   THOSE ASKED TO LEAVE TODAY WILL
BE REFUSED ADMISSION TO THIS
THEATER IN THE FUTURE.   THANK YOU.
AND NOW ON WITH THE SHOW.   AT FIRST GLANCE, YOU MIGHT
NOT SEE MUCH OF A CONNECTION
BETWEEN THE BUILDING OF ELECTRIC   CARS AND AT-RISK HIGH SCHOOL
AGED KIDS, BUT MIND DRIVE, A
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI BASED   NONPROFIT IS MAKING ONE.
COMING UP NEXT ON THE LOCAL
SHOW, PRODUCER CARA MEYERS   PROFILES THIS LOCAL NONPROFIT
WHERE AT RISK TEENS ARE NOT ONLY
BUILDING INNOVATIVE ELECTRIC   VEHICLES, BUT THEY’RE ALSO BEING
INSPIRED TO LEARN AND EXPAND
THEIR VISION OF THE FUTURE WHEN   WE’RE SO OFTEN TOLD ABOUT THE
PROBLEMS OF YOUNG PEOPLE, HERE
IS A POSITIVE STORY FOR A   CHANGE.   ś   WHEN ANY OF US GROW UP IN A
PARTICULAR ENVIRONMENT, A
NEIGHBORHOOD, A CULTURE, ET   CETERA, IN MANY WAYS WE ARE
DEFINED BY THAT DEMOGRAPHIC AND
EITHER LIMITING OUR CAPACITY OR   NOT.
EVERYBODY IS NOW STARTING TO
REALIZE THAT THE HEALTH OF AN   INDIVIDUAL IS MORE DETERMINED BY
THEIR ZIP CODE THAN BY THE
GENETICS THAT THEY CARRY.   AN — A STUDENT THAT HAS MANY
THINGS HAPPENING IN — AN AT
RISK STUDENT IS A STUDENT THAT   HAS MANY THINGS IN THEIR LIFE
THEY MAY NOT HAVE CONTROL OVER.
I AM MORE EXCITED ABOUT MIND   DRIVE THAN ANY OTHER EDUCATIONAL
PROGRAM THAT I AM IN TOUCH WITH
NOW, AND THAT’S SIGNIFICANT.   MIND DRIVE IS AN AFTER-SCHOOL
PROGRAM FOR AT-RISK YOUTH.
IT’S BASED ON MENTOR   PARTICIPATION.
WE BASICALLY HAVE ONE MENTOR PER
STUDENT.   WE TEACH THEM THROUGH HANDS-ON
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING.
THE TOPIC IS TO CREATE AN   ELECTRIC ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND
AUTOMOBILE, OR THE OTHER CLASS
WE HAVE IS CONTEMPORARY   COMMUNICATIONS.
ALL KIDS ARE INTERESTED IN CARS,
AND ALL KIDS ARE INTERESTED IN   COMPUTERS, SO IT’S A PRETTY EASY
HOOK.
OUR GOAL IS TO INSPIRE THEM TO   LEARN, EXPAND THEIR VISION OF
THE FUTURE, WHICH WILL INFLUENCE
THEIR ABILITY TO GET A JOB.   WE DO THIS WITH THE MENTORS AND
WITH THE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCEAL
LEARNING.   WHEN SHE GOT UP EARLY AND
WENT, YOU KNOW, THOSE FIRST
COUPLE OF TIMES AND KEPT GOING,   I KNEW SHE WOULD STICK WITH IT.
I DON’T THINK I WENT INSIDE
FOR A COUPLE WEEKS, AND WHEN I   DID FINALLY GO INSIDE, I WAS
REALLY KIND OF SHOCKED, BECAUSE
IT WASN’T AT ALL WHAT I   EXPECTED.
IT WAS LIKE, WOW, THEY REALLY
ARE BUILDING CARS.   IN THIS PROGRAM, I THINK IT
REALLY HITS HOME IN THAT THE
STUDENTS ARE ALLOWED THE FREEDOM   TO APPLY THEIR TALENTS ON A
FIRST-HAND BASIS, NOT LEARN
ABOUT IT DRAMATICALLY AND SPEND   A LOT OF TIME RESEARCHING.
THEY’RE ABLE TO HAND THEM THE
TOOL, AND THEY CAN COME RIGHT   OUT AND USE THE TOOL.
IT TOOK ME A WHILE TO FIGURE
OUT WHY, BUT HER GRADES STARTED   REALLY CLIMBING, I MEAN REALLY
CLIMBING HIGHER AND HIGHER.
I THINK BECAUSE OF THE WAY THEY   GO IN AND THEY KIND OF SIT IN
THAT CLASSROOM AND THEN DO IT
HANDS ON, I THINK IT’S HELPING   HER BRAIN DEVELOP A DIFFERENT
WAY TO STUDY.
THEY KNEW THAT THEY COULD —   (INAUDIBLE).
I THINK WE HAVE PROVEN WITH
THESE STUDENTS THAT INNOVATION   IS POSSIBLE ANYWHERE, ANYTIME.
IF YOU TAKE STUDENTS THAT ARE
ALL SIGNIFICANTLY DISADVANTAGED   BY ALMOST ANY DEFINITION YOU
WANT TO APPLY AND PUT THEM IN A
CLASS AND ONE YEAR LATER PRODUCE   A CAR THAT IS BEAUTIFUL, THAT IS
KNOWN ALL OVER THE PLANET, THAT
HAS BROKEN ALL THE RECORDS FOR   EFFICIENCY BY A FACTOR OF AT
LEAST THREE SUCH INNOVATIONS.   ś   WHAT MIND DRIVE HAS MEANT TO
ME, A LIFETIME OF SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING THAT I DID.   MIND DRIVE HELPED ME A LOT,
BECAUSE I WOULD ALWAYS GET IN
TROUBLE AND I REALLY DIDN’T WANT   TO DO NOTHING WITH MY LIFE.
I WAS GOING TO DROP OUT MY
FRESHMAN YEAR, BUT RIGHT AFTER I   JOINED IT, MY WHOLE LIFE
CHANGED.
WHAT I NOTICED THE MOST ABOUT   THE KIDS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE
PROGRAM AND AT THE END OF THE
PROGRAM IS THEIR CONFIDENCE AND   THEIR PRIDE IN WHAT THEY’VE
ACCOMPLISHED.
A LOT OF THESE STUDENTS WERE   LACKING VOICES IN THEIR LIFE.
THEY MAY NOT HAVE A MALE
INFLUENCE IN THEIR LIFE.   AND THEY MAY HAVE AN ENGINEER,
MALE ENGINEER THEY WORK WITH.
IT’S JUST ANOTHER VOICE IN THEIR   LIFE THAT CAN HELP GUIDE THEM.
I THINK IN MANY WAYS THEY ARE
TRANSFORMING ONE ANOTHER.   TO COME TO THE PROGRAM WITH
THAT SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE THAT
WHEN WE EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM   THEM, THEY CAN DO GREAT THINGS.
I’M HOPING THAT THROUGH
EXPERIENCES OF MIND DRIVE THAT   THE STUDENTS WILL THEN BECOME
VERY SUCCESSFUL AND PILLARS IN
THEIR COMMUNITY, AND THEY’RE OUR   FUTURE.
INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE IS WHAT
WE ALL NEED TO BE ABLE TO DO.   IT’S STUNNING TO REALIZE THE
REAL MESSAGE HERE IS ABOUT
TRANSFORMING THE LIVES AND THE   POTENTIAL OF THESE STUDENTS,
ABOUT BUILDING HUMAN CAPACITY AT
A RATE THAT’S FAR GREATER THAN   THEY HAVE SEEN HAPPEN BEFORE.   ś   COMING UP NEXT ON THE LOCAL
SHOW, WE CONTINUE WITH OUR
OCCASIONAL SERIES OF FEATURES WE   CALL WOMEN AND GIRLS LEAD, IN
WHICH WE PROFILE FEMALES FROM
ALL WALKS OF LIFE WHO INSPIRE US   WITH STORIES OF RESILIENCE, HOPE
AND EMPOWERMENT.
THE SERIES CREATED FOR THE   WEB AND TV IS A COLLABORATION
BETWEEN KCPT AND THE INDEPENDENT
TELEVISION SERVICE.   THIS WEEK, MEET KANSAS CITY STAR
LIFESTYLE COLUMNIST JANAY.
JOURNALISM HAS MADE ME BEND   AND TWIST AND STRETCH AND BECOME
A PRETZEL IN WAYS THAT I NEVER
KNEW I COULD.   IT GAVE ME THE KIND OF
CONFIDENCE IN MY VOICE AND
MYSELF AND MY IDEAS THAT HAVE   ALLOWED ME TO GO ON AND WRITE
REALLY MEANINGFUL PIECES ABOUT
BARACK OBAMA, ABOUT   SELF-IDENTITY, ABOUT WOMEN,
ABOUT MY DOGFIGHTING CANCER.
I MEAN, JUST ABOUT ANYTHING.   MY READERS FEEL LIKE THEY KNOW
ME, BUT SOMETIMES I DO FEEL LIKE
THEY ONLY KNOW PIECES OF ME.   MY GOAL ISN’T TO MAKE THEM FEEL
HOW I FEEL OR THINK HOW I THINK.
MY GOAL IS TO CONNECT WITH THEM   ENOUGH SO THEY THINK ABOUT HOW
THEY FEEL AND UNDERSTAND WHERE
THEY STAND AND GET THE FACT THAT   WE’RE STILL VERY MUCH CONTACTED
AND THAT WE’RE ALIKE AND THAT
I’M A PERSON JUST LIKE THEY ARE.   MY OPINIONS JUST HAPPEN TO GO
ONTO PAPER.
I THINK I ALREADY KNEW THE POWER   OF WORDS.
I DON’T THINK I KNEW HOW
POWERFUL THE EFFECT WAS.   ONCE I START WRITING, I JUST TRY
TO STAY TRUE TO WHAT’S
HAPPENING, AND IT’S SCARY.   SOMETIMES I SO SCARED TO SHARE A
CERTAIN THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, BUT I
COMMIT TO IT.   I WRITE ABOUT WHO I AM AND WHO
MY PARENTS ARE AND BEING MIXED.
MY MOTHER VERY MUCH RAISED ME IN   A SINK OR SWIM KIND OF CAPACITY,
AND WHEN I CAME HOME MY SENIOR
YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL, SHE PUT ME   TO THE ULTIMATE TEST.
THE HOUSE WAS EMPTY, AND I HAD
TO KIND OF LIVE ON MY OWN AND   FIGURE THINGS OUT.
MY BIGGEST OBSTACLE HAS BEEN
GETTING OVER MYSELF, AND I THINK   THAT IF WE WERE ALL HONEST WITH
OURSELF THAT MIGHT BE ALL OF OUR
BIGGEST CHALLENGES, IS GETTING   OVER OURSELVES.
I THINK THAT WE HARP ON THE BAD
THINGS THAT HAPPEN TO US OR OUR   OPINION DOESN’T MATTER, OUR
VOICE IS TOO SMALL TO BE HEARD,
AND I THINK ONLY VERY RECENTLY,   LIKE IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, HAVE
I REALLY UNDERSTOOD HOW TO GET
OVER MYSELF AND HOW TO MOVE   FORWARD AND SWIM LONG AND HARD
AND KEEP MY HEAD ABOVE THE
WATER.   CATCH MORE OF OUR WOMEN AND
GIRLS LEAD PROFILES IN FUTURE
ADDITIONS OF THE LOCAL SHOW.   AND YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT
THE PROJECT AT THE LOCAL SHOW
DOT ORG.   AND FINALLY KANSAS CITY IS A
GREAT ARTS TOWN, AND THERE’S A
LOT GOING ON, PARTICULARLY ON   OUR CITY STAGES THIS WEEKEND.
WE LEAVE YOU WITH SCENES FROM
TWO NEW PRODUCTIONS, THE   FAST-PACED THRILLER COMEDY, THE
MYSTERY OF IRMA AT THE KANSAS
CITY REPERTORY THEATER.   (KNOCKING).
KEVIN!
HI.   WHAT’S GOING ON?
WHAT’S GOING ON IN HERE?
I HEAR RAPPING.   I HEAR RAPPING.
‘TIS THE WIND AND NOTHING
MORE.   EDGAR AND I ARE DRIFTING
APART.
IT’S A TERRIBLE THING TO MARRY   AND FIND OUT HE’S HUNG UP ON HIS
MUM MUMMY.
AND THEN THERE IS THE ROCK   AND ROLL.   ś.
I’M RANDY MASON.
AND I’M NICK HAINES.   Captioning provided by
Caption Associates, LLC
www.captionassociates.com   PRINCIPAL FUNDING FOR THE
LOCAL SHOW PROVIDED BY FRANCIS
FAMILY FOUNDATION, FREDERICK AND   LOUISE HARTWIG FAMILY FUND,
KAUFFMAN FOUNDATION, HEALTH CARE
FOUNDATION OF GREATER KANSAS   CITY, HALL FAMILY FOUNDATION,
JOHNSON COUNTY COMMUNITY
COLLEGE.   ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY:
AND KCPT MEMBERS.
THANK YOU.  

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