Studies show the film significantly increased knowledge about the science of weather and severe storms.

Trailer
Synopsis

Stormchasers is a tale of scientific discovery and natural wonder that takes audiences on a journey around the planet to encounter the origins of the earth’s weather patterns, to experience our most extreme storms—monsoons, hurricanes and tornadoes—and to witness scientists who study and predict weather events. Using a combination of conventional IMAX documentary filmmaking methods, computer animation, and unique photography, the film depicts the intricate relationship between the drama of nature and our efforts to pursue the systematic understanding of the natural world.

Reviews

“Visually and audibly stunning.”
– Hollywood Reporter

“There are a lot of spectacular shots in Stormchasers. We fly into the clouds and through hurricanes, and watch the roofs fly off of houses. There’s nifty computer simulation of a thunderstorm creating a tornado.”
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times and Siskel and Ebert At The Movies

Honors & Awards
  • Gold Award – Worldfest – Houston International Independent Film & Video Festival
  • Gold Camera Award – U.S. International Film & Video Festival
Merchandise
  • There are a lot of spectacular shots in Stormchasers. We fly into the clouds and through hurricanes, and watch the roofs fly off of houses. There’s nifty computer simulation of a thunderstorm creating a tornado.

    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times and Siskel and Ebert At The Movies
Details

Produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films, the Museum Film Network and NOVA/WGBH Boston

Major funding provided by the National Science Foundation

Narrated by Hal Holbrook

Music by Patrick Williams

Release date: 1996

Runtime: 38 minutes

Format: filmed in 15 perforation/70 mm

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