Kickstart This: 'Beneath the Anvil' Documentary on Storm Chasers

February 22, 2013

Beneath the Anvil

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're highlighting a documentary called Beneath the Anvil which follows a small group of three storm chasers as they track powerful supercell thunderstorms across the Midwest. Some of the footage they've captured is breathtaking, and I'm hoping we get to see more soon. Take a look at their pitch video below, let us know what you think in the comments, and don't forget to toss these filmmakers a few extra bucks if you can. Check this out!

There's a reason why shows like Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" and films like Jan de Bont's Twister were so successful. Humanity loves to confront our own mortality, and standing in the face of some of nature's most intense spectacles is a thrilling and exhilarating way to tempt fate. Coming face to face with death makes some people feel that much more alive, and for those of us who are maybe a little more risk-averse, it's exciting in a different way to live vicariously through these adventurers. 70,000 foot storms with 300 mile per hour winds are pretty damn amazing to behold, and these guys do it every year.

But it's more than just empty thrill seeking that drives the subjects of Beneath the Anvil. Two members of the group are married to each other, and describe how storm chasing brings them closer together as a couple. They work for the whole year just to save up enough money to go on these trips every spring, and talk about the passion they have for losing themselves in the moment, letting technology and all of life's nonsense fall behind, as they stare down the glory of what nature can do. Their pitch video footage is mesmerizing, but they need a little more help to make this project come to life. Check out their video below:

For more info on Beneath the Anvil, and to help support the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Director Chris Jenkins is hoping to raise $7,000 by Wednesday, March 6th, and they're more than halfway to their goal already. Help donate to their film if you can, and if you can't spare the cash right now, I'm sure the filmmakers would appreciate you spreading the word about helping their project however you can.

That's all for this week's Kickstart This. Feel free to e-mail me at if you come across any cool projects that might need a little bit of extra publicity. My inbox is always open, and if you send in any Kickstarter or IndieGoGo film project, I can't always guarantee we'll feature it here, but I will definitely take a look at it. I've received tons of great submissions from you guys in the past, so keep them coming! And thanks as always for your support for all of these projects, because they absolutely couldn't be completed without without the help of film lovers just like you. For our full archives, visit here. Look good?

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