Storm Squatting at El Reno

A 2001 essay on George Kuchar’s weather obsession by filmmaker Jesse Lerner.

“In the late spring of each year the Great Plains states of the US experience a season characterized by destructive tornadoes of awesome force. This is the time of year when the underground film- and video-maker George Kuchar leaves his San Francisco home to make his annual pilgrimage to the nidus of these frightening storms. As hail and twisters batter the heartland, Kuchar holes up with his video camera in an inexpensive motel room somewhere in the vast prairies of Oklahoma, and waits. The result is an ongoing series of first-person, no-budget videos called the Weather Diaries (1986- ), encompassing both a numbered series (Weather Diary #1, 1986; Weather Diary #2, 1987; etc.) and single titles (Sunbelt Serenade [part 1…Oklahoma], 1993; Season of Sorrow, 1996), which document these annual visits.”