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Paradise Garden wins Film4Change Award

March 4, 20160 Comments

The Albuquerque Film Festival awarded Ava Leigh Stewart’s documentary film, Paradise Garden with the “Film4Change” award. Paradise Garden is a documentary film starring Howard Finster, Johnny Carson, Chris Frantz (Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club), Mike Mills (REM), Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Cindy Wilson (B52s), and many more. The film shows the world that art thrives outside of museums in […]

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Macon Film Festival features Paradise Garden

July 10, 20150 Comments

Paradise Garden is an official selections for the Southern Documentary competition and the Central Georgia Showcase for the 2015 Macon Film Festival  from July 16 – 19th 2016. “As a festival we’ve seen a rise in submitted documentary films with a focus on living life in the South. This year’s selection of Southern themed documentary […]

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Paradise Garden screening in Jacksonville, Florida

February 5, 20151 Comment

Please join the cast and crew of the film, Paradise Garden: Howard Finster’s Legacy, in Jacksonville, Florida at the Sunray Cinema for a screening at 7p on February 21st.   R. Land, who is featured in the film, will be in attendance, and there will be a Q & A after the screening with Director, Ava […]

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Durango Independent Film Festival Selects Paradise Garden

February 1, 20150 Comments

Paradise 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. BUY TICKETS > RSVP on […]

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Paradise Garden at The Goat Farm

November 18, 20140 Comments

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 […]

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PG “Best Documentary” Orlando Film Festival

November 10, 20140 Comments

We are pleased to inform you that Paradise Garden has won “Best Documentary” in the 2014 Orlando Film Festival from October 22nd – 26th. The Orlando Film Festival received hundreds of submissions from around the world and after a careful three tier judging process; our film has been chosen by industry professionals and audiences. Thank […]

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Filmmakers resurrect Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden

August 25, 20140 Comments

Paradise Garden is a feature documentary film showing how art can thrive outside of museums and galleries in ordinary places and in everyday objects through the story of Howard Finster’s legacy. Ava Leigh Stewart directed the film that captures Paradise Garden reborn from a “Place in Peril” to a viable economic development tool in North […]

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Paradise Garden screens at the High Museum

August 11, 20140 Comments

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia,  hosted a preview screening of the Paradise Garden film on May 9th 2014. Despite the rain and traffic, the Museum had a full house of Folk Art enthusiasts.  Director, Ava Leigh Stewart, as well as Director of Photography, Jeremy Oliver Miller introduced the project. They explained that […]

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Why did we make Paradise Garden?

July 26, 20140 Comments

As filmmakers, we strive to tell stories that are compelling for audiences, tales that touch your heart and leave an imprint – a lasting impression.  Every once in a while, a story comes along that is important to our shared history and also the lives of many people.  As a journalist, I recognized the story […]

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Paradise Garden Trailer

July 22, 20140 Comments

Paradise Garden shows the world that art thrives outside of museums in ordinary places and everyday objects. This story shows the exclusive rebuilding of Howard Finster’s legacy, through the restoration of the Garden he spent almost 50 years creating. Howard Finster, the grandfather of Southern Folk Art, is remembered for creating the largest art installation […]

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