Storm Chasers Hope New Hurricane Katrina DVD Will Help Victims Heal

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On August 29, 2005, veteran weather photographers Jim Reed and Mike Theiss were nearly killed while documenting the landfall of Hurricane Katrina from their Gulfport beachfront shelter. This week, the two professional storm chasers return to southern Mississippi to reunite with locals and premiere “Hurricane Katrina: Battle at the Beachfront,” a DVD featuring rare footage of the tropical cyclone during its most ferocious hours.

On August 29, 2005, longtime weather photographers Jim Reed and Mike Theiss watched in horror from their Gulfport beachfront shelter as Hurricane Katrina’s Category 5 storm surge devastated lives and property. This week, the two professional storm chasers return to southern Mississippi to premiere “Hurricane Katrina: Battle at the Beachfront,” a DVD featuring rare footage of the tropical cyclone during its most ferocious hours.

“Hurricane Katrina: Battle at the Beachfront” will premiere at Saenger Theater in Biloxi on August 26, 2006. Show times are 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 at the door. Theiss and Reed are donating 100% of the ticket sales to the Mississippi Coastal Cleanup Project. Theiss and Reed will attend all three screenings.

“Victims we helped the day of the storm and the locals who befriended us asked us to create something they could watch,” says Reed. “They wanted to see the photos and video of what it was that changed their lives.”

Using rare footage and photos shot less than 100 yards from the shore, the 76-minute documentary follows the full-force of Hurricane Katrina as the cyclone approaches, and then obliterates an entire coastline. Reed, whose credits include The New York Times, National Geographic, and Time Magazine, also created a custom slide show just for the DVD.

“The DVD isn’t rated, but it’s intense,” says Theiss, whose clients include The Weather Channel, Discovery Channel, and BBC. “It moves people whether or not they live in Mississippi.”

A few clips from “Hurricane Katrina: Battle at the Beachfront,” may seem familiar to viewers. Shortly after the landfall of Katrina, Theiss and Reed appeared on several TV shows, including Good Morning America, The Today Show and CNN. Their award-winning images of Katrina have aired around the world.

“Hurricane Katrina: Battle at the Beachfront” DVDs will be sold throughout southern Mississippi. The DVD can also be purchased online at UltimateChase.com

Most recently, Reed and Theiss co-authored the book “Hurricane Katrina: Through the Eyes of Storm Chasers” (Farcountry Press). Both men have been recognized as two of the most accomplished severe weather photographers in America. Theiss is owner of Ultimate Chase, Inc., a Florida-based production company specializing in the licensing of severe weather video. Reed operates Jim Reed Photography -- Severe & Unusual Weather, a science photo agency dedicated to documenting America’s changing climate since 1992.

Courtesy copies of the DVD, broadcast footage, and photos are available upon request.

Contact:

Mike Theiss

Ultimate Chase, Inc.

305-394-6000

http://www.ultimatechase.com

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