Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Joplin Native Documents Devastating EF-5 Tornado

It's quite a leap from the 2011 mockumentary short David Andersson: A Man with a Tail to the 2012 feature-length documentary Joplin, Missouri: A Tornado Story. But unexpected hometown tragedies have a way of sparking those kinds of leaps.

Premiering Friday May 11th at Missouri State Southern University (MSSU), Joplin, Missouri was directed by Chip Gubera. A teacher of media technology at the University of Missouri, Gubera went into panic mode from afar when the historic EF-5 tornado hit his hometown of Joplin on May 22nd, 2011. He made his way back to the devastated community within a few days, and shortly thereafter, decided he needed to make a documentary about stories of people's survival.

Last month, Gubera confirmed that he had managed to secure as his narrator none other than George Noory, host of overnight syndicated radio juggernaut Coast to Coast AM. Noory has a huge fan base as well as a resonant connection to St. Louis and the state of Missouri. His participation should greatly assist Gubera as the filmmaker follows up this week's debut with screenings in Columbia (May 22nd) and other cities including, yes, Joplin.

Gubera's father Conrad is a professor at MSSU and helped produce the film. DVDs will be sold at the premiere as well as be made available through the MSSU bookstore and the Joplin Museum complex.

(l to r) Gubera, Noory at Smith-Lee Studios, St. Louis

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