As we move forward with this documentary, we will be posting updates here on this site. Since first coming up with this concept at the beginning of this month, we’ve hit the ground running and have started making contacts in the community of Bastrop, started the online funding campaign, and connected with local media. This documentary is quickly coming together and has grown from a small idea to being a feature length film on the victims and heroes of the wildfires, and we hope this film will bring greater awareness to the community’s efforts to rebuild.
I had followed the news reports for weeks during and after the fires, and thought I had an idea of the scope of the devastation. It was not until I stepped foot in the middle of the devastation until I started to understand. In every direction, I only saw burnt trees, thick ash on the ground, and piles of debris where homes once stood. The thought that this destruction went for miles was almost incomprehensible. Over 1,600 homes were destroyed during that weekend of the fires. It was only after experiencing this that I decided that the stories of the victims needed to be told. There are many sides to the story from victims to the firefighters, and I hope that this documentary will help bring greater understanding and awareness to what the residents of Bastrop experience every day as they continue to rebuild.