Documentary about Joplin newspaper's response to tornado debuts Thursday

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | 5:19 p.m. CDT; updated 6:05 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 19, 2012

COLUMBIA — Members of The Joplin Globe staff will be guests of honor at the first public screening of “Deadline in Disaster” on Thursday in Columbia.

'Deadline in Disaster' events

2 to 4 p.m.: Master's class hosted by MU journalism associate professor Charles Davis at the Fred W. Smith Forum in the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

6 to 7 p.m.: Reception and silent auction at Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, 203 S. Ninth St., to benefit Joplin's planned tornado memorial.

7 to 8 p.m.: Screening of "Deadline in Disaster" at the theater.

8 p.m.: Q&A session between audience and Globe staff followed by a party on the theater roof.

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The 59-minute documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts at 203 S. Ninth St.

Co-produced by the Missouri Press Association and Scott Charton of Charton Communications & Consulting, the film recalls the events of May 22, 2011, and the Globe's response to the nation's worst tornado in more than 60 years.

The film was also created to serve as a teaching tool for journalism students.

Several functions will precede and follow the screening.

Tickets for the film may be purchased in advance for $10 or $12 at the door from the Missouri Theatre box office, online at or by calling 882-3781.

In her column about the upcoming screening, Globe editor Carol Stark wrote: "Accurately documenting and remembering this historic event is important for Joplin and its future generations."

Joplin native and filmmaker Chip Gubera has produced another documentary film to be shown on May 22, the anniversary of the tragedy. 

The stories in the 97-minute film, "Joplin, Missouri," are first-person accounts from survivors and officials. It will screen twice, once at 5:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m., at Ragtag Cinema, 10 Hitt St.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8.50. Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit long-term recovery efforts in Joplin.

"The main motif of the documentary will be a story of hope for the future," according to the film's official Facebook page.

It also stated that the film "will be submitted to film festivals including Sundance, True/False, Telluride, SXSW, and Tribeca" and seeks national and global distribution.

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