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Remembering Charles…

Charles Maynard Shaver, Jr. December 19, 1976 – December 15, 2015 As we do our daily work, live our daily lives, and navigate this planet, daily, We find ourselves thinking of our friend Charles… daily and we miss him terribly.

Screaming Sky Screening

The Screaming Sky on local news

Filmmaker Matt Woodbury was interviewed by Rachel McCrary of WNEM TV on Monday morning. Thanks to all that took pictures, videos and tuned in. The attention has been great and it’s a honor to work on such a meaningful and important project that has touched so many lives. (full story and link below). BEECHER, MI (WNEM) – The tornado that cut a path of death and destruction from Flushing to Lapeer is set to be the star of its own film. In a new documentary, “The Screaming Sky,” a local filmmaker is capturing the story of the Beecher-Flint tornado is 1953. It’s remembered as one of the deadliest in American history. “The tornado started in Flushing and it went all the way to Lapeer. And the magnitude of it was huge. It was a half mile wide, which is like our football fields,” Filmmaker Matt Woodbury described. The tornado killed 116 people and injured more than...

The Screaming Sky

In June of 1953, a devastating sequence of tornados in the United States saw 247 deaths.   An F5 tornado hit Flint, Michigan on June 8, 1953. The tornado moved east-northeast 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Flushing and devastated the north side of Flint and Beecher. The tornado first descended about 8:30 p.m. on a humid evening near a drive-in movie theater that was flickering to life at twilight time. Motorists in the drive-in began to flee in panic, creating many auto accidents on nearby roads. The tornado dissipated near Lapeer, Michigan. Nearly every home was destroyed on both sides of Coldwater Road. Multiple deaths were reported in 20 families, and it was reported that papers from Flint were deposited in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, some sixty miles east of Flint. Large sections of neighborhoods were completely swept away, with only foundations left. Trees were debarked and vehicles were...