Synopsis: AVAILABLE AUGUST 20th and 25th | 10:00 AM – MIDNIGHT
In the early morning hours of November 8th, 2018, a faulty electrical tower in rural Northern California sparked what would become known as the Camp Fire. Exceptionally dry and windy conditions spurred the fire towards the small town of Paradise, located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Before the day was done, eighty-five residents would lose their lives, and Paradise would be almost completely destroyed by the most deadly and destructive wildfire in the recorded history of California.
“All Its Name Implies,” the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Ev Durán, highlights the unflinching resilience of the people of Paradise and their unwavering desire to rebuild their beloved community. Durán himself was raised in Paradise, and his loving knowledge of his hometown provides an intimate look at what makes the community special, both before and after the fire. The film features emotional interviews with nearly forty survivors of the inferno, and includes harrowing footage of the flames, captured by frantic evacuees as they desperately tried to navigate the gridlocked streets and escape with their lives. “All Its Name Implies” follows the stories of many of these survivors as they attempt to move forward with their lives in the aftermath of such unprecedented disaster. The power, generosity, and determination of the human spirit is on full display as the Paradise community tackles challenge after challenge in this ever-evolving new reality.
Telling this story of my hometown was an emotionally arduous process, but I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to do so. On November 8th, 2018, so many “average, everyday people” became heroes, and a community subsequently refused to let a disaster define them. It was so important to me to help these resilient people share their experiences, and to create something that can hopefully generate awareness and charitable funding for the town for years to come. I am honored and grateful our film has been included in the Macon Film Festival. Thank you so much for watching.
Ev Durán is a four-time Emmy Award-winning producer, cinematographer, and editor. Durán’s early career interests revolved largely around acting and screenwriting, and he appeared in a number of independent films and wrote the screenplay for the film “All Between Us,” starring Tiffany Haddish and Brian Hooks.
In 2012, Durán accepted an internship with the Golden State Warriors’ video department, and that opportunity led him into an exciting career in sports videography. For the next four years, Durán would operate cameras at a wide variety of Bay Area sporting events, including the NBA Finals and the World Series. He concurrently joined the San Francisco Giants organization on a full-time basis and rose through the ranks to become their Senior Videographer. In 2017, Durán moved to Boston, MA to work for Spartan Race, Inc., and was able to travel the country and the world as their Lead Cinematographer & Producer. In 2018, Durán moved to Los Angeles to continue his pursuit of becoming a full-time filmmaker. “All Its Name Implies” is his feature directorial debut.
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"'All Its Name Implies' is a superb documentary; a stunning testament to human tenacity." - Darren Tilby, UK Film Review