Camp Fire Victims Treated To Preview Of Ron Howard’s ‘Rebuilding Paradise’

By Marilyn Nelson on June 16, 2020
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With little warning on an early November morning in 2018, 95% of Paradise was reduced to ashes by a fast-moving wildfire. Eighty-five people lost their lives, and the fire ultimately became the most destructive wildfire in California history.

In steps filmmaker Ron Howard who has a special place in his heart for the town of Paradise. His mother-in-law lived there for five years before she died. He also has a several family members living in Redding, so he’s spent a lot of time in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.

Last weekend Howard debuted his latest project, the documentary ‘Rebuilding Paradise’ to those most affected by the fire – the residents of Butte County. The film follows the rebuilding effort the year after the fire. After the news crews packed up and left town. When all that was left were the survivors determined to rebuild their town.

The movie was originally shown at the Sundance Film Festival in January, but like the rest of the world the film was put on hold during the pandemic.

The documentary will be shown on Nat Geo this fall. It will also be shown in theaters, according to KRCR 

Ron Howard talks about his connection to Paradise in an interview with Kevin Smith HERE.

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