LITTLE ROCK, AR - Tonight's the night KARK 4 airs our documentary "Through Our Eyes: 4.27.14." The program starts at 7.
The one-hour special presentation highlights the EF4 tornado that tore through portions of Central Arkansas as told by the KARK news team and those who experienced the deadly storm.
“Bits and pieces of these stories appeared in newscasts but there's just something about seeing the footage in a more raw state that's extremely compelling,” said the film’s Executive Producer Danielle Ray. “It's a way of letting the stories tell themselves. There's no reporter voice over, it's just the footage as it was shot. Somehow, it makes what you're seeing feel much more real.”
Mayflower and Vilonia were the hardest hit areas in the storm that also struck in Paron, Roland, and El Paso. Other smaller tornadoes were spawned by the same storm and tracked through White, Jackson, and Independence counties.
The documentary features never-before-seen news footage and extended interviews shot by news crews on the ground in the hours following the storm.
In addition to interviews with the people who experienced the storm, the film features new interviews with members of the KARK news team who covered the severe weather event from start to finish.
“We wanted to give our viewers an inside look at what it’s like for our reporters, anchors, and the meteorologists of the Arkansas Storm Team to cover a disaster that hit so close to home,” noted Creative Services Director Allan Snyder.
In the days following the story, KARK employees were touched by the hope and courage they saw on display each day in Mayflower and Vilonia. “Through Our Eyes: 4.27.14” aims to highlight the spirits of the towns most impacted by the storm. The documentary is dedicated to the 16 lives lost.
“This film tells the story of an event that forever changed lives,” said KARK-FOX16 News Director Austin Kellerman. “So often with television news, a story comes to an end, footage is deleted.”
A DVD of our documentary will be available through the United Way of Central Arkansas with proceeds going to its Recovery and Rebuilding fund for Faulkner County.
Click here to watch a trailer of “Through Our Eyes: 4.27.14.”
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