Ron Howard's REBUILDING PARADISE
A still from Rebuilding Paradise by Ron Howard, an official selection of the Documentary Premieres program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Noah Berger.

National Geographic will air the commercial-free broadcast premiere of Rebuilding Paradise, from director Ron Howard on Sunday, November 8 at 9/8c, the second anniversary of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California.

Additionally, the banner has committed a portion of all sales and rentals of the documentary during the month of October, Fire Prevention Month, to wildfire recovery efforts in Paradise and the surrounding areas.

In honor of the release of Rebuilding Paradise and in support of those who continue to be affected by the current wildfires across the west coast, National Geographic Documentary Films will donate one dollar of each sale or rental of the film from Oct. 1-31, National Fire Prevention Month, to California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund in support of the Butte Strong Fund (up to $50,000)**.

Rebuilding Paradise, first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, had a virtual premiere on July 12 attended by more than 6,000 people, followed by a very successful virtual and physical theater release which launched July 31 and has since played in over 125 markets. The film screened on opening night of the IFI Documentary Film Festival in Ireland on September 21 before debuting in theaters around the U.K. on September 25.

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. Rebuilding Paradise, from director Ron Howard, is a moving story of resilience in the face of tragedy as a community ravaged by disaster comes together to recover what was lost and begins the important task of reimagining and re-embracing their future.

In conjunction with Fire Prevention Month, National Geographic Documentary Films is also launching an educational campaign which will provide Rebuilding Paradise to educators and classrooms through a virtual screening event on Oct. 6.

“We at Imagine Documentaries are thankful to our partners at National Geographic Documentary films for the continued effort to share this very important and timely film with a wider audience,” said director Ron Howard. “There is no doubt that climate change is a contributing factor to the historic fires burning even now on the west coast, devastating entire communities. This should be a wake-up call – Paradise could be any of us.”

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