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Part of SFFILM Festival

Rebuilding Paradise

Directed by Ron Howard

USA | Documentary | 92

10 Apr
Fri, Apr 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Creativity Theater
Creativity Theater 221 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
11 Apr
Sat, Apr 11 at 6:30 pm
Victoria Theatre


Ron Howard’s stirring documentary begins with visceral images of a town burning while residents flee. But the director’s focus is less on the destruction of Paradise, CA, in the 2018 Camp Fire than on the community’s potential rebirth. Following a group of residents for a year after the conflagration, Howard creates a moving portrait of resilient people soldiering on despite intractable challenges. The devastation of the town could have erased it, but Rebuilding Paradise limns a citizenry determined to coax a phoenix out of the ashes.

“[Rebuilding Paradise] brings into focus not just the painful losses of loved ones and homes, but the sheer daunting scale of logistical planning, fundraising, and negotiation with bureaucracies needed to rebuild the community.” –Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

Director Ron Howard

After a career as a child actor on The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968) and a young adult star in American Graffiti (1973) and on Happy Days (1974-1984), Ron Howard made his debut as a director with Grand Theft Auto (1977). He has gone onto a prolific filmmaking career, directing, among many others, Splash (1984), Cocoon (1985), Parenthood (1989), Apollo 13 (1995), Cinderella Man (2005), and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). Howard won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director for A Beautiful Mind (2001) and was nominated in those same categories for Frost/Nixon (2009).

Film Details

Language English

Year 2019

Runtime 92

Country USA

Director Ron Howard

Producer Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Xan Parker, Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes

Editor M. Watanabe Milmore

Cinematographer Lincoln Else

Music Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe