Durango Independent Film Festival Selects Paradise Garden

February 1, 20150 Comments

durango, coloradoParadise Garden is an official selection of the 2015 Durango Independent Film Festival! There will be two screenings, one on Thursday, March 5
at 12:15pm – 3:15pm in MST. The second is on Saturday, March 7 at 3:00pm – 6:00pm in MST at the Gaslight Theater in downtown Durango, Colorado.

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Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, near Summerville, Ga., was in a state of peril, a deteriorated and fragile visionary art environment, until the Paradise Garden Foundation reclaimed, reopened and renovated the long vacant property. Director, Ava Leigh Stewart, and the team at Art West Film, documented the revival for several years until Paradise Garden reopened in 2013. The documentary film, PARADISE GARDEN, shows how art can thrive outside of museums and galleries in ordinary places and in everyday objects, through the story of Howard Finster.

“I took the pieces you threw away, put them together by night and day. Washed by the rain. Dried by the sun. A million pieces all in one.” ­ –Howard Finster

Finster’s inspired and uncomplicated work gained recognition in the 80’s as an icon of influence for the music and album covers of R.E.M., Talking Heads, as well as artists like Keith Haring and Steve Penley. This film is captures the spirit of his continuing legacy and takes his messages to a new audience.

ABOUT HOWARD FINSTER
Howard Finster is celebrated as one of the great masters of Outsider or Folk Art, and was called by God to create sacred art. Finster is well known for creating a number of album covers for popular music acts during the last third of the 20th century, but more imposing in stature is the complex of buildings and sculpture he has wrought from his visions in Chattooga County. After his death in 2001, the Paradise Garden Foundation was formed to protect the installation, with assistance from Chattooga County and The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation

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