Big Muddy

Directed by John Beatty

Big Muddy is a short documentary created by John Beatty that centers on the non-profit organization Missouri River Relief. MRR is a nonprofit organization that conducts volunteer-based river cleanup events along the banks of the many rivers included within the Missouri River tributary, as well as educational programs regarding the health of these rivers. The documentary focuses on Vicki Richmond, a Program Manager for MRR. She takes viewers through what it’s like to be a part of a cleanup event on the Missouri as well as some of the problems that the river faces in terms of pollution.

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John Beatty is a Kansas City-based student filmmaker currently in his final semester at UMKC. His work primarily includes nonfiction filmmaking with a particular interest in documentary and experimental work. He will be attending graduate school in Fall 2013 in order to receive a graduate degree in filmmaking. John is currently creating a documentary about the UMKC debate squad and their season of competition. You can view a sampling of his work on Vimeo and he can be contacted at

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