Two excellent films about the May 2011 Joplin tornado are among five works nominated for Best Documentary – Cultural in the Mid-America EMMY Awards. The winner and nominees will be feted during the EMMYs gala October 5 at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel. The contest draws entries from Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Louisiana. “Deadline In Disaster,” underwritten by the Missouri Press Association, tells the compelling story of how the dedicated staff of The Joplin Globe covered one of the deadliest and costliest tornados in U.S. history while coping with their own losses. The “Deadline In Disaster” director is Beth Pike, who brought long-time experience as a freelance network news producer and globe-trotting filmmaker, and Stephen Hudnell, multi-talented videographer, editor, and partner with Pike in Columbia’s Orr Street Productions. The film was conceived by retired AP journalist and current media relations guru Scott Charton, who led the interviews; MPA’s Doug Crews served as executive producer. And, documentarian Chip Gubera’s “Joplin, Missouri – A Tornado Story,” is the second great twister doc in EMMYs competition. Gubera’s perspective was as a former Joplin resident recording through his lens both the massive damage and the inspirational courage of his family and neighbors. Gubera’s doc is narrated by veteran St. Louis newsman and radio talker George Noory. A Best Doc nominee from Our Town is “Refugees,” produced by St. Louis’ Nine Network of Public Media. As Nine Network describes it: “Refugees is an observational documentary, told without narration, that takes viewers to the heart of America’s humanitarian position as a refuge for those fleeing violence, disaster, war and persecution around the world.” The film producer is Anne-Marie Berger, with writer Jim Kircherr and production team Frank Popper, Margaret Enright, Scot Page and Anne Davis. The other two docs are from producers in Kansas City, Mo. and Champaign-Urbana, Ill.