WINNER, BEST DOCUMENTARY
2011 MELBOURNE INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL
Storm chasing is portrayed as an extreme sport on television, but the reality is dramatically different. In Chris Kridler’s short documentary “Chasing Reality,” storm chasers talk about life on the road, their peculiar relationship with their cars, and the frustration, smells and miles that go into those few moments of seeing a tornado.
Chris Kridler, a storm chaser since 1997, interviews chasers about their bizarre, humorous and mundane experiences against the backdrop of a typical chase day. Her documentary account, which she also narrates, is illustrated by the rapturous beauty of the Plains and intense moments confronting nature’s violence in Tornado Alley.
Chris Kridler is an award-winning writer, photographer and storm chaser who documents storms at SkyDiary.com and whose books, blog, video and photos are featured at ChrisKridler.com. As a journalist, she’s covered a variety of topics, from space to lifestyles, and was a longtime columnist for Florida Today. Chris’ photographs have appeared in several magazines and books, including the covers of The Journal of Meteorology, the book Winderful, and Wallace and Hobbs’ Atmospheric Science textbook. She was recently featured in Popular Photography. Her short film “Chasing Reality” won the best documentary award at the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival in Florida in 2011; she won best animation in 2013 with “The Chase.” She has been interviewed in various media, from periodicals and TV shows to “American Variety Radio” on public radio. She is the author of Funnel Vision and Tornado Pinball, storm-chasing adventure novels known as the Storm Seekers series. Learn more