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“It Serves as a Physical Manifestation of Climate Change and the Challenges to Rebuild”: Ron Howard | Rebuilding Paradise

A still from Rebuilding Paradise by Ron Howard (courtesy of Sundance Institute)

Whether capturing or creating a world, the objects onscreen tell as much of a story as the people within it. Whether sourced or accidental, insert shot or background detail, what prop or piece of set decoration do you find particularly integral to your film? What story does it tell?

The closest thing we had to a set was the town of Paradise as the film really celebrates the resilience and courage of the community. The Campfire is the most important visual in the film. 

Beyond the palpable impact on the film’s subjects and the residents of Paradise, it serves as a physical manifestation of climate change and the challenges to rebuild.

Sundance Responses 2020

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