Joplin Documentary Premieres in Columbia
COLUMBIA - A documentary that tells the story of survival and recovery after the Joplin tornado debuted in Columbia Tuesday night. Filmmaker and Joplin native Chip Gubera premiered his film at the Ragtag Cinema.
The film showed at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Gubera held a question and answer session after each showing. Gubera said he started filming "about one, maybe two weeks after the storm," and he finished putting it together last month.
"I finished it last month, and thought about premiering it then," he said. "Then, some of my friends and the people of Joplin gave me the idea to push the premier back to the anniversary."
Gubera said he wanted to tell the story of the town's year following the storm. "I wanted to tell the complete story of Joplin, not just these little tidbits we got from national media," he said.
"I wanted to tell the whole story, of the people of Joplin, of the community of Joplin, and everyone that came in to help the community rebuild."
The process of putting the film together was not easy for Gubera. The filming of the town after the storm was difficult for him.
"From being in Joplin there was the emotional challenge, which was really tough," he said. "
Luckily I could look through the lense and that kind of separated me a little bit. But just being there, seeing your hometown destroyed like that, it was very.....it was very emotional."
The cinema said it sold 128 total tickets Tuesday night, and the 6:30 showing completely sold out.
Part of the ticket sale proceeds from the premiere will be donated to Rebuildjoplin.org.