More than a year and a half after the Camp Fire, the documentary Rebuilding Paradise is finally being released to the public on July 31. The documentary, directed by Academy Award-winner Ron Howard, depicts the 2018 fire and the rebuilding efforts of the Ridge through the eyes of those who lived it.
KRCR spoke with the former mayor of Paradise, Steve “Woody” Culleton, who is featured in the doc. He says that while it may be difficult to watch as a Camp Fire victim, it's an important story about the community's strength.
"The story's not about the fire. The story's not about global warming,” says Culleton. “It's about the resiliency of the people of the town of Paradise."
The documentary was originally released at the Sundance Film Festival this past January and then later in June to some residents of Butte County in an online screening.