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The city of Casper is featured in a new documentary on the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

“Totality: The American Eclipse” visits major viewing spots for the 2017 eclipse “as they prepare for the unknown – how many people are really going to come to their city to see this event,” according to a press release from the creators.

The documentary, which is available on Amazon, examines how cities are planning for the eclipse. Other cities featured in the documentary are Idaho Falls, Idaho; Kansas City, Missouri; and Columbia, South Carolina.

Officials are expecting up to 500,000 visitors in some places. Casper is preparing for 35,000 visitors for the eclipse.

The first total solar eclipse to cross the United States in 99 years is being called “the most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history,” according the release.

The influx of visitors resulted in hotels that were either sold out or charging five times their normal rates. For the documentary, filmmakers talked with locals renting out their homes, yards and driveways. The film also describes how cities passed ordinances to prepare.

The film ultimately addresses the question: Is a total solar eclipse worth traveling the world to see?

“Totality: The American Eclipse” answers that question through experts and eclipse chasers “who follow this celestial occurrence across the world,” the press release says. “They explain why it has such a profound impact on them and why everyone must see at least one in their lifetime.”

The documentary is distributed on Amazon Video Direct and can be watched on free with Amazon Prime accounts, as well as rented or purchased for a few dollars.

The film is written, directed and produced by Eryl Cochran, executive produced by Peter Richards and Justin McGilvery.

The documentary explains why people travel the world to experience a solar eclipse in the path of totality as well as “common myths and misinterpretations in different cultures and what happens to animals when the sun suddenly disappears,” according to the release.

The film also delves into the lengths people have gone to see what they say is the most “awe-inspiring event in nature” and how they prepare to make sure they won’t miss even a second.

This film promises an answer to the question, “is totality really worth it?”

Follow reporter Elysia Conner on Twitter @erconner


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