Paradise filmmaker's Camp Fire documentary gets nominated for an Emmy

The film knits together stories from first responders, emergency workers and survivors about the lessons learned from the Camp Fire.

Posted: May 8, 2020 7:31 PM
Updated: May 8, 2020 7:36 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - A Camp Fire Survivor is turning the tragedy of the Camp Fire into a lesson for the future.

For filmmaker Chris Smith, the house he and his family lost after living in for 13-years is where it all started.

Smith's documentary "A High and Awful Price" is up for an Emmy.

"We all paid this awful price to get this information that will help other communities live through disasters," said Smith.

The film knits together stories from first responders, emergency workers and survivors about the lessons learned from the Camp Fire.

"It's basically like 'look, what I am about to show you are the lessons that saved my life, my family's life and made a big difference," he said.

Smith said he came to terms with not being a big-time filmmaker the night before the Camp Fire but on Nov. 13, just days after the fire, while covering an emergency meeting with Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea, something sparked within him.

"I said 'I don't know how I am going to do this but I have to tell the story of - something good has got to come out of this'," he said.

Smith has already won a couple of Emmys but this nomination hits differently.

"This one is kind of not really just mine I see it for really the whole town," said Smith. "This is something that we all contributed to and something that meant something to all of us."

Smith is working on another documentary called "Three Days in Paradise" that focuses on people on the Ridge before, during and after the Camp Fire.

To watch Smith's documentary, CLICK HERE.

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