It’s been over a year since the Camp Fire completely destroyed the Butte County town of Paradise, and now residents of the town are about to see the premiere of Ron Howard’s documentary about the recovery efforts surrounding the fire.
Eight Paradise residents, all of which were interviewed for the film, are traveling to Park City, Utah this week to see “Rebuilding Paradise” for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival. Locals are hopeful that the much anticipated documentary will highlight the struggles of the community following the devastating fire, something that Netflix’s documentary “Fire in Paradise” failed to do.
There is no trailer for the film and no release dates for NorCal residents, but here is its description from the Sundance Film Festival:
Early in the morning of November 8, 2018, a spark flies into the parched brush of the Sierra Nevada foothills. With little warning, flames are everywhere. Fierce diablo winds shower burning embers as house after house becomes a violent inferno. Propane tanks explode as desperate citizens grab their most precious possessions and jump into their vehicles hoping to escape.
With unfathomable, harrowing footage, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard pulls the viewer into the driver’s seat to experience the terror and the helplessness of devastated refugees from a town with the ironic name of Paradise. Eighty-five lives are lost in what ultimately becomes the most destructive wildfire in California’s history.
Over the course of a year, survivors from Paradise cope with shared trauma, displacement, and uncertainty about the future. Yet slowly, with sheer grit and determination, they begin to rebuild their lives and redefine the meaning of home. Rebuilding Paradise is a testament to the power of the human spirit from one of our most gifted filmmakers.