Morgan Co. natives making film on rebuilding after tornado

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Three men from West Liberty said they spend most of their time putting together tourism and wedding videos.

Things changed six months ago when their town was devastated by an EF-3 tornado. Though they had done some independent films before, they said it was their instinct to pick up their cameras.

The men from Adena Productions and Styrego Entertainment said they decided to make a documentary on the rebuilding process in Morgan County.

Morgan County filmmakers said it was something they felt needed to be done.

“We are based out of Morgan County and it was just natural that we would document the destruction and the rebuilding,” said broadcast engineer and film maker Paul Lyons.

After a tornado tore West Liberty apart, they said they just wanted to show how it came back together.

“Just hearing about it is not enough,” said Lyons.
“If you haven't seen the pictures, if you haven't experienced it, you don't know how it was. the place was an absolute war zone.”

Since all three of them know how close-knit the community is, they said they wanted to show the strength of a small town.

“We want it to help those who watch it by being motivational to the people and show how quickly we got back to rebuilding our businesses, our homes and caring for everyone in the community,” said film maker Nathan Lewis.

Lewis said they think it is important to show the world what West Liberty is made of.

“Show how we can get back on our feet,” said Timothy Boatright.
“People think, eastern Kentucky, oh it's a poor town, they can't get back, but we want to show people that we can get back and we will be bigger and better.”

The documentary has been named “Path of Prevalence” and the creators said they have a special release date in mind.

“We plan to release it on March 2nd, 2013, one year from the date of the tornado,” said Lyons.

Boatright said they wanted to shed some light in the darkness.

“No matter how bad it is, we can turn something positive,” said Boatright.

The filmmakers said they have a few more business owners and community members to interview before they are finished. For more information, visit

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