In this interview, director Peter Gelblum describes the inspiration for making the new film about survivors of the CZU fire.
“The CZU Fire In Their Own Words – Fighting Fires, Losing Homes, and Rebuilding Community” is a new powerful and moving 90-minute film produced by Mountain Community Theater, created by Peter Gelblum. In the spring of 2021, in response to the August 2020 CZU Fires, we interviewed people who fought the fires and people who lost their homes about their experiences, which many of us shared – evacuating, losing homes and possessions to the fire, and getting support from the community. Using only the words from those interviews, we created a script, cast actors to play the interviewees, and used both the characters’ family photographs and images donated by several generous local photographers to create this film. The film is a document of that extraordinary time and a gift from MCT to the community.
We hope you’ll join us and other community members at one of the screenings. The director and others associated with the film will be there. to answer questions. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10. They are working on a screening in Bonny Doon in September. View the trailer here:
The community is invited to attend a screening of Mountain Community Theater’s film, “The CZU Fires: In Their Own Words”. Four free screenings have been scheduled for the film about the CZU Fire that Wallace Baine of Lookout Santa Cruz says is “compelling,” “heartbreaking,” and “powerful.” August 1, 7:30pm at the Scotts Valley CineLux; August 5, 9 pm outside, at Felix Kulpa Gallery in Santa Cruz; , August 7, 1 pm, at Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond, and August 16, 7:30 pm, Del Mar Theater, Santa Cruz,. All donations are divided between the local volunteer fire departments and the Fire Recovery Fund of the Community Foundation, Masks are highly recommended at all screenings.