Video: “Storm Chasers” star Reed Timmer raising money on Kickstarter for web docu-series “Tornado Chasers”
Oklahoma native and University of Oklahoma Ph.D student Reed Timmer, the star of Discovery Channel’s 2007-2012 series “Storm Chasers,” is raising funds via Kickstarter for his new docu-series “Tornado Chasers” which he is producing simultaneously as he negotiates his next TV deal.
“Tornado Chasers” is featured on his site www.tvnweather.com.
“I’m on the road 90 percent of the time,” Timmer told The Oklahoman correspondent Sandi Davis in a phone interview last month from his Norman home. “I drive from the Mexican border to Canada. I spent Christmas chasing storms in Mississippi and Alabama.”
With 2013 already a hotbed of wild weather, this year’s summer tornado season is expected to be unusually extreme, and Timmer is not one to sit back and wait for his TV deal to get inked. Chasing celebs Joel Taylor and Dick McGowan as well as Emmy-nominated Chris Whiteneck – a veteran of “Dirty Jobs,” “Deadliest Catch” and “Storm Chasers” – are already on board for the series, according to a news release.
Timmer’s Kickstarter campaign goal is $75,000, and the deadline is March 28 to reach it or the funding does not come through.
The campaign has raised $70,375 with two weeks left to go.
The pledge amounts range from $1 to $10,000, and depending on the amount, those that pledge in return receive anything from an advance pass for the 2013 season of “Tornado Chasers” to a chance to chase tornadoes with the team in the Dominator 1.
For more information or to donate, click here to go to Timmer’s Kickstarter site.