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For filmmaker Ev Durán, Camp Fire documentary in the making is personal

CHICO — For Ev Durán, one of the filmmakers drawn to covering the Camp Fire, the story is personal.
Durán grew up in the town of Paradise and city of Chico. Many of his friends and family members, including his mother, aunt, uncle and cousins were burned out of their homes.
He was in Butte County to be with loved ones on day one, Nov. 8.
The next weekend, he came back with a camera, and got into the town of Paradise when it was still closed to the general public. He began shooting B-roll footage, not sure what he would do with it.
“It was kind of therapeutic for me, too,” Durán said. Related Articles

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He and his girlfriend have returned just about every weekend now since the fire. Durán, 34, currently resides in North Hollywood.
His first unofficial interview for the film took place around Christmas. Durán’s family spent the holiday at a rental near Santa Cruz, since his mom’s home was no longer standing. There, Durán started essentially interviewing his mom, Susan Davis, about what it was like to have lost everything, like so many did.
“I was so heartbroken by that,” he said.
Durán said his documentary will mostly focus on the survivors and the positive human interest stories that have come out of the fire.
Among the many people he has talked to so far are Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea, a town councilor, and Geoffrey Greitzer, the owner of Juice and Java, a Paradise restaurant lost in the fire. Greitzer is Durán’s former boss.
Durán has previously done videography for the Golden State Warriors, the San Francisco Giants and Spartan Race.
Where the documentary will end up for viewing is still to be determined. Durán said he hopes to be able to have a showing on the one-year anniversary of the fire at the local Paradise Cinema 7 movie theater on Clark Road, which was spared.

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