Filmmaker shines light on community kindness after avalanche


MISSOULA, Mont. - February 28, 2014 was a day unlike any other in Missoula. A devastating avalanche came sliding down Mount Jumbo, slamming into Missoula's Rattlesnake neighborhood.

Within minutes, dozens of volunteers came running with shovels to pull victims from the devastation. Two victims were saved -- 8-year-old Phoenix Coburn and Fred Allendorf lived. Allendorf's wife Michel Colville's injuries were too severe and she later died.

Now, filmmaker Katrina Shull is producing a documentary that shines a light on the kindness that rippled through the community in the hours and days that followed.

"The public really responded well with the volunteer efforts at the avalanche site, and I just hope that the public can see that this is a movie, not about me or the production company, but it's for the volunteers and the work they put into this, and for the grieving families. I hope they can take something good out of this," Shull says.

The documentary, Amplify Kindness, is set to premiere in February 2015 during National Kindness Week.

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