ARLINGTON, TX — Filmmaker and veteran storm chaser Martin Lisius has has plans to complete the sequel to his 1995 documentary The Chasers of Tornado Alley later this year. The upcoming doc — working title
TCOTA2 — represents three years in the making and will focus on the wonder of storms, as well as the people who study them to improve public safety.
“It was 20 ago that I began working on the original, and I felt it was time to produce a sequel to reflect on the changes we’ve seen in our discipline,” says Lisius. “Both technology and the public’s perception of storm chasers have evolved significantly since the mid-1990s. I want to reveal that despite the difference in how we handle data, the majority of the people behind it are the same; responsible and serious individuals dedicated to mitigating severe weather risks. If you told someone you’re a storm chaser in 2016, they would think you were a crazy, loud, reckless person. But, the reality is most storm chasers are not that way at all. And, many are making huge contributions to the community.”
The new documentary is a production of Texas-based Prairie Pictures, and is being shot on DCI 4K. No specific distribution channel has been determined, but according to Lisius, a television, Internet or theatrical release are all options.