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More Fun in the Sun (GoPro + iPhone 8 Plus Video)

We found a beautiful new swimming hole close to us. Lindenlure is in the Rogersville, MO area. It’s a free place to swim, play under the falls, and jump into a deep area (I found out it’s not very deep, though!). Most of the family on my wife’s side went with us, so I captured the day on GoPro and iPhone. Check it out!

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On Moore and Joplin and Social Media’s help

May 21, 2013 1 comment

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May 22nd is a date that I will always remember. We typically remember dates that are special occasions, birthdays and anniversaries, etc. But we also remember dates surrounding events that were catastrophic. That is the case with me for May 22nd. This is the day when an EF-5 tornado ripped through the heart of Joplin, Missouri, the town I grew up in.

Unfortunately, the people of Moore, Oklahoma will now always remember yesterday’s date, May 20, 2013 for the same reason. All the news on Moore is just now coming out. I can’t really speak to it. But as I watched The Weather Channel’s Mike Bettes come onto the scene, he kept referencing Joplin from two years ago. In fact, before arriving he tweeted, “I do not want to see another #Joplin worst day of my life. #prayformoore.” And indeed, Moore looks very bad. Joplin’s loss of life was 161. Moore right now is 24, but it is still early.

Two years ago, I watched the news images as I did yesterday, but the difference was, I knew my hometown of Joplin like the back of my hand. I actually lived 1000 miles away when the tornado hit. I knew my family and friends were there. One third of the city was decimated. How about my loved ones? It was so devastating that cell phones were no longer a reliable means of communication. I recall trying to call and see if family members were okay. That was the story of so many.

A need to communicate effectively and share information arose out of this awful situation. Social media filled much of that role. My aunt, who heads up the library in Joplin, was asking on Facebook if anyone had heard from my grandmother. I replied that she was ok. She then came back asking where I got that information; did someone talk to her? My sister made the contact, and Facebook passed on the news to other worried individuals in a more reliable way.

There were many pages created to help after this disaster. Missing people boards, volunteer info, fundraising and donation instructions. The Joplin Tornado Info page, started up less than two hours after the tornado by 23 year old Genevieve Williams from Neosho, MO was honored as one of seven nominees for a 2011 Mashable Award in the Social Good Cause Campaign Category. It became the clearing house of information, staffed entirely by volunteers. It seems all of Joplin was on the page with 49,000 likes so quickly. I saw, yesterday that Moore Oklahoma Tornado Info page has gone live modeled after JTI to fill the same sort of role. It already has 32,556 likes. A much smaller page was also created yesterday called, Joplin Loves Moore. I know many from this area have already been deployed to lend a helping hand.

My hometown knows what Moore is going through. In fact tomorrow, we will stand in what was ground zero for a moment of silence exactly two years after that tragedy. The recovery has been nothing short of amazing, and is still ongoing. I was so impacted by everything that occurred and the stories coming out of Joplin that I moved back to the area, and completed a feature-length documentary that chronicles that fateful day and the year following- www.steadfastdocumentary.com.

What can you do to help? If Joplin is an indicator, a good place to start would be Moore Oklahoma Tornado Info’s Facebook page and other social media channels for real-time information.

Excerpts from Steadfast

It was just about two years ago that an EF-5 tornado ripped through the heart of Joplin. I will write more about it soon, but it’s obvious that it was an event of tremendous impact on so many. I was so moved by what I saw that I spent a lot of time and energy over the course of a year to produce a feature-length documentary that tells the whole story. It was really a labor of love, and I’m so happy when people watch it and report that it’s helped them heal in some way. That was my goal after all.

While I can’t show you all 90 minutes right now, I do have these four excerpts and the trailer to share with you. To see the rest, and about 30 minutes of extras, you can order the DVD, which is on sale right now for the month of May, for only $10 +shipping.

Check these out and more info at www.steadfastdocumentary.com.

New Documentary Trailer

I’ve been hard at work, shooting, editing, conceptualizing, editing, and editing. I’m almost done with the Documentary. The end is in sight. So granted, it was time for a new trailer. Here it is. As it says in the trailer, the release date is set for November 19. That will be right at one and a half years since the tornado. Actually, the 22nd is the precise day, but that’s Thanksgiving. I will be thankful to have completed this massive undertaking, but it has been a privilege to document such amazing stories. I hope the end result is a blessing. Here’s the new trailer:

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Joplin Documentary Site is Live

A big part of this last year for me has been the Joplin tornado. I was not in Joplin during that fierce storm, but being from there, my heart went out for this place. I shortly arrived with supplies, money and aid, like so many of other volunteers. One area that I felt I could be of most use was in documenting what I saw. Several trips later, we find ourselves living back in the area. With the passing of the first anniversary, we now are done filming and are in the production stage of “Steadfast- The Documentary”.

There is a short trailer and more info live at www.steadfastdocumentary.com. You can sign up for updates there, as well as pre-order a DVD. Half of all profits will go to rebuilding Joplin. Thanks for supporting this project and Joplin.

A Day in the Country

Here’s a little visual assignment I did for Lights Film School. It features some beautiful scenery from SW Missouri that I took while visiting family up that way. I also took a bunch of stock footage at this beautiful little creek. I’ll try to post a montage of that soon.

For now, here’s “A Day in the Country”

Sobering Videos of Joplin Tornado

May 24, 2011 1 comment

Here are some videos of the tragedy in my hometown of Joplin, Missouri.

This first one shows the actual tornado. It is 2 mph shy of EF-5 status, but they are still evaluating. The death toll is rising over 120 right now. It’s impact was devastating, for lack of a better word.

This next one is 6 blocks from my in-laws’ house, right across from an old car lot and cabin they own, which was leveled. This is real audio from 20 people in a small cooler that survived thanks to the clerk who let them in and was the last to get in himself…one hero among many in this town. All that’s left of this Fastrip is basically this cooler area.

Last, a fitting song from Casting Crowns with images from this horrible disaster.

The relief efforts are in full swing, despite the dismal weather conditions. The church is doing its part and people are helping people. The road to recovery will be long, but I know the people of Joplin, and they will rise again, with God’s help.

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