John, along with producers Xan Parker and Justin Wilkes, discussed the making of the National Geographic film with TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman as part of TheWrap’s Awards Screening Series. She says that in the nearly two years since rebuilding began, about 4,000 residents have returned to Paradise with 500 homes rebuilt.
“Every day is a struggle. The school district is struggling to stay afloat and everyday brings some new challenges but also some new building,” John said. “There’s hope. It’s just very slow going right now.”
Wilkes, who serves as the head of the documentary division of Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, said