45th Anniversary Production Trailer

    September of 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of this north-central Kansas tornado outbreak. The film, “That Seventies Storm: Chasing Tornadoes Through Time”, is moving into post production. Work started on this enormous project in 2009. We knew it would take time. A lot of time. Many miles, many interviews and many dead end roads. Many wonderful people. Exciting storm chases. So many stories have been captured, not only of the storms and the victims but also of the times they lived in and the kind of nation we were back in 1973. The politics, the music, the television and movies. Lives lived in a world without cell phones, computers or social media. It is tempting to call it a simpler time...
    It was not.

    The scars left by the deadly tornadoes and floods, the wounds left on a nation by the Vietnam war, the struggles for civil rights and women's rights and the government corruption remain with us today.
    But progress comes in different forms at different times. When the winds of change knock down what is gained, the strong rebuild. When your farm is sucked into the sky by a black, multi-vortex tornado, you find a new place to grow and prosper as best you can.

    Dark winds will always bring dark times. While some in this story fell to the ravaging elements, thousands more picked up the pieces and got on with their lives. So many stories will never be told.

    We don't know when this production will be finished. There are many surprises left in store and some big announcements coming up. Funding comes slowly. Setbacks have been tough.
    You can help by donating to the production at our GoFundMe site. There are rewards.

    Enjoy this trailer - there are clues throughout pointing to what is to come!
    As has been said since the start, this isn't just another tornado film.

    Thanks to all of the people included here as they have shared some very personal memories.

    September, 2018

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    So many plants! Friends since kindergarten, vegetable farmers Sarah Hamilton and Ellen Kerchner shared part of their workday with me this summer. After starting out on leased land in Pueblo last year, the pair moved the operation to the Hamilton family land here in Canon City, Colorado in March. This land, having been fallow for ten years, now shows the enormous effort they've mustered in just a few months. Family and volunteers have assisted, but the scope of the grow is quite remarkable!

    As non-certified organic farmers, they use no chemical pesticides or fertilizers to produce thousands of pounds of vegetables used largely by families and restaurants in their hometown of Colorado Springs to the north.

    As board members of their area farmers co-op, they are able to save on distribution costs and be part of the supportive, inter-generational collective farming culture which they clearly value. As Ellen said, “Its easy to become a dinosaur” in production methods and the two learn from older farmers in the area. Combined with their college and intern educations, their abilities are profoundly evident.

    Winter will bring a lack of farm income for them when they'll rely on other work to get by. But Spring will return with this rewarding pastoral existence which, while strenuous and demanding, also sings of a serenity that can't be had working “in tall buildings” - Only in tall plants!

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  3. NOW AVAILABLE! "Victim to Volunteer"
    A documentary straight outa Greensburg, Kansas!

    If the beat of a butterfly's wings can create change, then what about the wind from a killer tornado?
    Very few humans have been inside of a tornado, let alone an EF-5 with winds exceeding 200 mph.
    Matt Deighton tells the tale of living through such a twister in the infamous disaster which struck Greensburg, Kansas on May 4th of 2007.
    Beyond that gripping account, we also see how one man was transformed into a leader, author and international disaster relief coach after enduring 8 minutes of sheer terror.

    ...And he couldn't have done it without his dog.

    Donors at the $50. or more level will receive a link to watch this untold tale of one man's "call of nature" which transformed not only HIS life but rippled into the lives of disaster victims around the world!
    Very inspirational and heart-warming!

  4. Not your Mama's tornado film... It's your Grandma's !
    She needs your support at:

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  5. Red-Eared Sliders at Kanopolis State Park

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