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October 7, 2013

'Deadline in Disaster' wins regional Emmy

JOPLIN, Mo. — The documentary "Deadline in Disaster" received an Emmy in the Documentary-Cultural category during the 37th Mid-America Emmy Gala on Saturday in St. Louis.

The film, which was screened in Joplin last year and has been shown on Public Broadcasting Service stations across Missouri, follows the staff of The Joplin Globe in the aftermath of the May 22, 2011, tornado.

Beth Pike, who directed and edited the film along with Stephen Hudnell, was among the production crew present on Saturday when the awards were announced.

"I was nervous about it because we had worked really hard, and my heart was racing," said Pike. "When I heard them announce the word 'Deadline,' I let out a gasp because I had been holding my breath."

Doug Crews, the film's executive producer and the executive director of the Missouri Press Association, spoke on behalf of the filmmakers who accepted the award. Scott Charton, a producer who interviewed Globe staff, was the fourth member of the team to receive the award.

Pike said it was an honor to even be nominated for the Emmy. Nominees for the Mid-America Emmy awards are judged by professionals in other regions of the country.

"Deadline" was one of five nominees in the Documentary-Cultural category, and one of two documentaries to focus on the Joplin tornado. The second was "Joplin, Missouri: A Tornado Story," created by Joplin native Chip Gubera.

Pike said that she and Gubera are longtime friends and supported one another on their respective documentaries.

"I have to give credit to Chip for the support he gave our film," she said. "There was a sense of camaraderie and a real openness and support as we made two different films. That process doesn't always happen. We're friends first and we're always going to support each other."

The documentary crew arrived in Joplin in the days after the tornado and spent six months in production, followed by several more months of post production before the film debuted in 2012.

Pike - who previously won an Emmy in 2009 for the historical documentary "Trustees for the Public: 200 Years of Missouri Newspapers" - said that the time spent in Joplin is something that she'll carry with her always.

"We saw the word 'hope' so often (in Joplin)," she said. "There was hope in humankind and hope in getting through whatever obstacle was faced.

"Getting to know the people of Joplin and what an incredible newspaper you have, and the sense of community and hope that you have in Joplin, I'll carry that with me for the rest of my life. I think we all carried away a bit of that Joplin spirit. That was the best part of the whole experience."

In June, "Deadline in Disaster" also received a 2013 Mirror Award in the Best Single Story category during an awards ceremony held in New York City.

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