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FRONTENAC, MO (KTVI) – “Deadline In Disaster” is an incredible documentary chronicling how the Joplin Globe Democrat newspaper operated during and after the deadly EF-5 tornado.

Scott Charton is co-producer of the film that premieres Thursday night at Plaza Frontenac.

More than 100 residents died, thousands of lives changed, and one indispensable community newspaper endured. “Deadline in Disaster” chronicles how the Joplin Globe helped its town find hope in the aftermath of the EF-5 tornado that nearly destroyed Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011.

The tornado took the life of the Globe’s page designer, and one-third of the staff members lost their homes. Much like the hard-rock miners who settled Joplin, the workers at the Globe faced long hours and difficult working conditions as they uncovered stories from the disaster.

Still, the Globe rolled the presses on the night of the storm and refused to miss a beat in the many difficult days that followed.

In the film, reporters examine their roles as community watchdog and residents reflect on how their newspaper served as a vital source for mourning their losses and moving forward.

SLIFF 2012
Thursday, Nov 15
Plaza Frontenac Cinema