FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION & RELEASE June 29, 2012
Premieres at the TivoliWith Book Signing by George Noory!
(St. Louis, MO)
The region is abuzz about Chip Gubera’s riveting documentary account of the leveled city of Joplin, Missouri just hours after the tornado ripped through its neighborhoods and shopping centres on May 22,2011.
Joplin, Missouri – A Tornado Story
was officially released on the first year anniversary last month with premieres in Columbia, Missouri, and has already premiered in Joplin, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois, and has even been screened in Arizona. A very special premiere will be held at the Tivoli theatre in University City July 9, at7:00 pm, followed by a meet and greet with Director Chip Gubera, and Coast to Coast AM radio host,George Noory. Noory, who generously lent his talent as narrator of the film, is donating signed copies of his books, andDVD’s will be available for signing as well, with proceeds going directly toRebuild Joplinin support of itsrecovery efforts. Of the film project, Noory says, “When I was approached by the producers to narrate the Joplin,Missouri - A Tornado Story (film project), I didn't hesitate at all. It's my small way of helping those who sufferedso tragically.”
is a story of “survival, healing and hope told by the people who lived
through it,” says Gubera. The film itself is a rare capture of tornadofootage from that fateful day with stories from the Mayor, policemen andfamilies who found themselves in the midst of destruction as the tornado,an entire mile wide and traveling for 13 miles, only to emerge minutes later to findnothing but flattened homes as far as the eye could see. Images of childrenwith tiny American flags, finding treasures in the wake of debris, make this
documentary a tale of hope, ringing of Americana and our perseverance inthe worst of times.This film is more than a captivating documentary, as layers of interestingcircumstances bring even more to this story of a violent tornado. Director Chip Gubera is from Joplin, Missouri, with his entire family still living there.
Just after the tornado hit, he was unable to reach his Mother for hours. “It wasa horrible night,” he recounts. After reaching his Mother and sister, Gubera packed up his car with water, supplies and a chainsaw, headed to Joplin to help. His sister suggested, “Chip, grab
your camera. This has changed our entire town, this is part of our history now.” His sister’s request was the tinyseed that took on a life of its own, finally becoming a tantalizing tale on film, now receiving national attention.Chip’s Father, Conrad Gubera, a Missouri Southern State University professor in Joplin,quickly became Producer,morphing the project even further as it blossomed into a priceless Father-son endeavor. “My father wasinvaluable throughout the entire project,” says Gubera. “With his work interfacing with his connections in the city
government and the College Board of Governors, he coordinated important screenings and filming venues.”
, Producers from St. Louis, are proud of their collaboration on the project,
Press Contact:Mary ElizabethBeary