BendFilm Pop Up Drive-In "Rebuilding Paradise"
Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 7:30pm
Directed by: Ron Howard
Synopsis: On November 8, 2018, a raging wildfire swept through Northern California, engulfing the historic town of Paradise, destroying homes and claiming the lives of more than 80 people. With its ecology, a warming climate, and blunders by its largest utility company, California is the site of unprecedented natural disasters, including the Camp Fire, the state's deadliest blaze to date.
Academy Award®-winning director Ron Howard follows several survivors who must decide whether to leave or remain in an area that has seen unimaginable devastation. From its riveting opening featuring heart-stopping home videos, Howard presents intimate and moving stories of the traumatized but resilient townspeople, most of whom have lived there for generations. The residents include a financially strapped young family living a FEMA trailer, a kind-hearted and extremely overworked cop, the self-proclaimed "former town drunk turned mayor," and the high school students and staff racing against the clock to prepare for graduation. It's a compelling portrait of a community as they come to terms with Paradise lost, or elect to remain and rebuild from the ashes.
Note: A pre-film discussion will take place at 8:15pm with Romy Mortensen from Brooks Resources Corporation, Kevin Larkin, District Ranger for the Deschutes National Forest, Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District, and a representative from the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project. Wildfire was here before us, and for Central Oregonians, an out-of-control wildfire threatens the values we care about and the forest itself. Hear about ways local groups are working together to reduce our risk and increase community and firefighter safety in the face of future wildfires.