On the afternoon of April 27th, 2011, an EF4 tornado plowed through nearly six miles of Tuscaloosa, a small college town in central Alabama. A half-mile wide when it touched down, the tornado grew even wider and eventually destroyed 4,700 homes, damaged thousands more, wiped out scores of the city’s businesses, injured over 1,500 people and took more than 50 lives. When President Obama visited Tuscaloosa three days later he said, “I've never seen destruction like this.”
But as local filmmaker Andrew Beck Grace found out in the days after the storm, numbers, adjectives, even images only go so far in describing what it means to wake up to your world completely rearranged. MORE
After the Storm, an immersive interactive documentary essay, tells the story of what happens after the storm passes, after the media leaves town, and after the adrenaline subsides. Written as a letter to future disaster survivors, the film is not so much about the how and why of the tornado but the question all of us face after living through something traumatic: how do we make sense of it all?
Andrew Beck Grace
Andrew Beck Grace is a documentary filmmaker based in Alabama. His 2012 film Eating Alabama was funded by Independent Television Service (ITVS), premiered at SXSW, played over 40 festivals worldwide, and aired nationally on PBS in July of 2013. The film was awarded Best Documentary by the James Beard Foundation. Grace’s film The Durrs of Montgomery won three regional Emmys, including Best Historical Documentary. A short film, A Call from Selma, was co-produced with The New York Times as part of their Op-Docs series. He directs the Program in Nonfiction Storytelling at the University of Alabama and was recently named one of the “Most Creative Teachers in the South” by the Oxford American Magazine. He is working on a film about a man who was recently exonerated after 30 years on Alabama’s death row. LESS