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MU Professors Are Going to the Emmys

September 20, 2013

University of Missouri’s Brian Maurer, assistant teaching professor of film studies, and Chip Gubera, instructor in the computer science department, have recently collaborated to create Joplin, Missouri-A Tornado Story.  In addition to winning several awards at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, their film has been nominated for best documentary  at the Mid-American Emmys. The University of Missouri currently has 78 students majoring in film studies.  Five new courses have been added to the curriculum for the upcoming year.

Story by:  Laura Lindsey

Brian Maurer, assistant teaching professor of film studies, has never had a reason to get a tuxedo until now.  He was recently invited to attend the Mid-American Emmy awards on October 5 in St. Louis. because the film Joplin, Missouri—A Tornado Story has been nominated for best documentary in the public broadcasting category.  Maurer was a cinematographer for the film directed by Chip Gubera, an instructor in the computer science department.

Gubera, who is originally from Joplin, wasn’t sure how to help his community after the tornado destroyed it on May 22, 2011. His sister told him the best thing he could do to help his hometown community was to use his skills as a filmmaker and document what the people were going through.  He wanted to tell the honest, full story of what was happening and for the film to act as an accurate documentation for the city and its people.

Gubera asked Maurer to travel to Joplin with him to capture footage during the summer of 2011. At that time, no new buildings had been built and piles of debris were scattered everywhere.

“The town was so quiet and there was no traffic,” says Maurer. “I would drive around, see someone sifting through what was left of their belongings, and stop to capture their emotions on fiIm.” See more…