The Center of Nowhere: The Spirit and Sounds of Springfield, Mo.


Sunday, Nov. 4 at 6:30pm
Stage at KDHX

“The Center of Nowhere” is not just about music but about a sense of place: how atmosphere, environment, history, and even foodways inform the artistic muse around Springfield, Mo. At the heart of the film is the late performer and producer Lou Whitney, whose bands the Skeletons and Morells earned a devoted St. Louis following and backed such performers as Jonathan Richman, Dave Alvin, Robbie Fulks, Syd Straw, and Steve Forbert. The film also explores the legacy of the Springfield-based “Ozark Jubilee,” the first television show to broadcast country music across America, and such legendary Springfield songwriters as Wayne Carson (the Box Tops’ “The Letter”) and Ronnie Self (Brenda Lee’s “I’m Sorry”).

$20 for film and musical performance
90 min.

Directed by

Dave Hoekstra



Film Category

Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Music Spotlight Show-Me Cinema


With director Hoekstra and a musical performance by singer/songwriter Abbey Waterworth, who performs iconic songs with Springfield roots.

Film Website

Official Website

Shown with

Lingua Francas

Lingua Francas

Bret Hoy

Daniel Ernce, who once worked in a Michelin-starred restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark, and now runs a ticketed pop-up restaurant in Springfield, Mo., describes the challenge of communicating his vision for the region.

13 min.