ReBuilding Butte is a short documentary that follows a heartfelt Tiny House Building Project in response to the deadliest fire in California history in 2018 – The Camp Fire – that destroyed Paradise and surrounding Butte County communities. This story follows Alyssa Nolan-Cain, a local resident and mother of three who learned how to build tiny homes by watching YouTube videos. The tiny home build site became a place for recovery and community when it was most needed. This film is dedicated to all those who experienced loss from fire.
ReBuilding Butte is going on tour in 2022 with Wild & Scenic Film Festival among other incredible films for their 20th edition anniversary. They take the festival to over 180 events globally each year, partnering with groups who are working to raise awareness and funds for grassroots environmental causes. The in-person festival in Nevada City, CA, is postponed due to COVID.
November 6, 2021: Drive-In Screening.
November 8, 2021: Virtual Premiere.
January 18-23, 2022: Wild & Scenic virtual film festival
Film Director’s Statement:
When I first learned about Tiny Homes for Fire Survivors, I volunteered as a builder. This evolved into a two-year filmmaking journey and discovering that tiny houses have become a “tiny but mighty” solution around the world in response to major social and environmental issues we face today – like homelessness, reducing our carbon footprint, and families navigating displacement from wildfires. I’m fascinated by trauma and how people persevere at all odds. My goal as a filmmaker is to tackle tough topics in a hopeful and uplifting tone.
Meet the Film Crew
Behind the Scenes
Film Sponsors & Supporters
Thanks to those who supported post-production costs through our Seed & Spark fundraiser.
|Heather Hatlo Porter, Co-Producer||Linda Young & William O. Scott|
|Lisa Richardson, Co-Producer||Sheilah Asher|
|Dads That Cook||Pamela Lipp|
|Steve Campora||Jeff & Dena Mojo|
|John Mounier||Stella & Fritz Hoffman|
|Lacey Adelmann||David & Lorrie Beeman|
|Donna Howard||Chris Ferrell|
|Rhonda Stanley-Brooks||Gary and Sandra Mihelish|
|Jacki Dirksmeyer||Emily And Carly Samelson|
|Miranda Bard||Becky Stewart|
|Benita Asher||Alicia Schneider Balfrey|
|Peter Jilg||Bob DePalma|
|Gary Susan & Reynolds||Lisa|
|Aubrey Lara||Graf Family|
|Chris Ferrell||Eric Lay|
|Jane Weiner||Jessie And Numa|
|Coffey Family||Julia & Rick Adams|