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April 20, 2014

Movie about Moore tornado survivors premieres May 16

MOORE — Exploring ideas of faith and hope, an Oklahoma faith-based documentary on the May 20, 2013, EF-5 Moore tornado is scheduled to premiere at the Moore Warren Theatre May 16.

Titled “Where Was God? Stories of Hope After the Storm,” the film follows the lives of those impacted by the tornado throughout the community. The movie will screen for a week, or more, depending on ticket sales. Exact show times will be released at a later date.

“The goal is to give people the idea that no matter what life storm they’re going through we all experience death, we all experience sickness, we all experience a bankruptcy or divorce or whatever it is — no matter what life storm you’re going through God is always near,” said Steven Earp, executive producer and lead

pastor at Elevate Church in Moore.

About two weeks after the tornado hit, Earp said he was approached by a friend, a movie producer, about the possibility of creating a documentary about the event. In just a few months they were interviewing families in the community looking for stories of hope and overcoming.

“By the fall, we had local, area filmmakers that are all professionals come on board. Some of them volunteering, some of them very part time just doing what they could,” he said. “The quality, the production, everything just increased exponentially and it’s grown and gotten a lot of momentum and we feel really good about it.”

The movie tells the stories of many individuals Earp described as “heroic.” Among them, Plaza Towers Elementary school teacher Karen Marinelli who shattered her tail bone protecting her students, as well as Plaza Towers Principal Amy Simpson who courageously continues to lead the school.

Stacey and Scott McCabe, parents of 9-year-old Plaza Towers student Nicholas who died in the collapsed elementary school building, share their experience of healing.

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