Ron Howard’s Rebuilding Paradise Trailer From National Geographic
National Geographic has released the official trailer for Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard’s upcoming documentary Rebuilding Paradise from Imagine Documentaries. The documentary will be released in select theaters (physical and digital) on July 31, 2020. For every ticket sold, $1 will go to charities supporting the town of Paradise, California. You can check out the trailer now in the player below!
“Now more than ever, we need to remember that when people come together for the greater good we can make a positive change on our shared future. The passion and commitment of the people of Paradise, to one another and to rebuilding their community, is a reminder of the strength and resilience of the human spirit,” stated Howard.
On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a devastating firestorm engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time the Camp Fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 residents and destroyed 95% of local structures. It was the deadliest U.S. fire in 100 years — and the worst ever in California’s history.
As residents faced the damage to their lives, to their homes and to more than 150,000 acres in and around their 141-year-old town, they did something amazing: They worked together to heal. The community members went on to forge a bond stronger than what they had before the catastrophe, even as their hope and spirit were challenged by continued adversity: relocations, financial crises, government hurdles, water poisoning, grief, and PTSD.
From the moment the crisis began, Howard led a filmmaking team to the city and would go on to spend a year with Paradise residents, documenting their efforts to recover what was lost. The Camp Fire and its overwhelming aftermath became a de facto lesson in what we all must do: Protect our environment, help our neighbors, plan for future dangers and remember to preserve the traditions that unite us — just as these resilient citizens did when they began the important task of Rebuilding Paradise.
The film is being released through the leading distributor of documentary films, Abramorama.
Rebuilding Paradise was produced by Brian Grazer, Howard, Xan Parker, Sara Bernstein, and Justin Wilkes; executive produced by Michael Rosenberg, Louisa Velis, Carolyn Bernstein, and Ryan Harrington; co-produced by Lizz Morhaim, with cinematography by Lincoln Else; edited by M. Watanabe Milmore; music by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe.