Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Local News

December 23, 2013

California man filming tornado documentary

Jeremy Clevenger hopes film raises money for storm relief.

Kokomo native Jeremy Clevenger felt helpless as he sat in a California post-production studio, staring at photos Nov. 17 of homes and businesses in his hometown that had been destroyed by a tornado.

“I saw the pictures and wanted to be there to help, but I couldn’t be there,” he said.

Clevenger lived in Kokomo for 18 years before packing up and moving first to Florida and then to the Golden State to pursue a career in film.

He now edits films at Therapy Productions, a post-production facility in Los Angeles. He was at work when he got word a tornado had ripped through his hometown.

His heart broke as he looked at photos and videos of the devastation.

In the days that followed, though, he heard people were banding together to help each other, just as he knew they would, he said.

That inspired Clevenger to help out in his own way, with a film to raise funds for relief.

He’s chronicling the city’s post-tornado journey in a 44-minute feature documentary called “Path of Destruction.”

The story will follow three people — someone whose life was dramatically changed by the tornado, someone who experienced both that tornado and the 1965 Palm Sunday tornado, and a young person in the community who has stepped up to help following the most recent storm.

“Through these people, there will be more emotional pull,” Clevenger said.

Clevenger is working with only a $10,000 budget, so that means he can’t make the trip to Kokomo to film the documentary himself. He has asked a team of people in the community to hit the streets and get footage of cleanup efforts. He wants them talking to people to find the amazing stories he knows are there, he said.

“There is a tremendous amount of story within this city,” he wrote in his movie pitch. “Our goal is to compile all of these amazing experiences into one film to help showcase the resilience and uniqueness of Kokomo, Indiana. Our city has something important to share and we want to bring this to life. Kokomo is a great city because the residents are always available to lend a helping hand.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • NWS - KT082314 - Gaming revenues - PIC 1 Gaming revenues rush over border as Illinois expands slots INDIANAPOLIS – Beer and barbecue aren’t the only draws to Daddy-O’s Bar & Grill in the small town of Paris, Illinois, 15 miles from the Indiana border. The prospect of winning pulls in customers, as well.Since the neighborhood bar installed five vide

    August 23, 2014 4 Photos

  • U.S. 31 lane closure Monday The Indiana Department of Transportation will close the northbound right lane of U.S. 31 from the S.R. 931 flyover bridge at mile marker 156.0 north one-half mile to the 156.5 mile marker on Monday. Construction activities will begin at 7:30 a.m. The

    August 23, 2014

  • Camper rally 01 Dozens visit Peru for first vintage camper rally PERU — Mike Blackowiak said he’s used to creating some buzz when he pulls into a campground. But, then again, turning heads is one of the perks of owning an old-school 1963 Cree camper like his. “New campers — yeah, they’re nice, but you pull into a

    August 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Floodgate trouble drops Lake Shafer by 20 inches A malfunction at a northern Indiana reservoir's dam has dropped the popular lake nearly 20 inches below its normal water level.

    August 22, 2014

  • Serena Youth Center seeking donations to furnish house The Serena Youth Center is looking for area businesses, churches and individuals to help furnish the center for the young women who will be living there. Kokomo’s first center for young women, ages 18 to 25, will soon open its doors, and the house on

    August 22, 2014

  • Water Color Class 06 Visual arts classes inspire adults to be creative Editor's note: This is one of several stories that will be published Sunday about how various groups are sharing their artistic talents with others. Eighty-six-year-old Dixie Bennett walked around her makeshift classroom inside Artworks Gallery Thurs

    August 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Driver in Thursday crash cited for six traffic violations Kokomo police gave the driver of the jeep involved in Thursday afternoon’s crash on North Ohio Street six citations, including driving with a suspended driver’s license.

    August 22, 2014

  • 8 inches of overnight rain floods part of Indiana INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Heavy rains that dumped more than half a foot of rain overnight in some places triggered widespread flooding Friday in some central and northern Indiana counties. State police closed a section of Interstate 69 in both directions

    August 22, 2014

  • Purdue Security Video Purdue posts disputed video of photographer online

    Purdue University has posted online a surveillance video that college newspaper editors say shows a staff photographer being roughed up by police near where a student had been fatally shot and stabbed. Purdue posted the vi

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sobriety checkpoints planned for today in Kokomo The Howard County Sheriff Department announced deputies will conduct a multi-jurisdictional enforcement checkpoint targeting impaired drivers in Howard County today. Officers from the Kokomo Police Department and troopers from the Indiana State Polic

    August 22, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Furry Roommates: Dorms Allowing Cats and Dogs Chase Rice Defends Bro-Country 'Jersey Shore Massacre' Pokes Fun at MTV Series Raw: Wash. Mudslides Close Roads, Trap Motorists DC's Godfather of Go-Go Honored Ukraine Calls Russian Convoy a 'direct Invasion' Girl Meets Her 'one in the World' Match Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Risks Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries