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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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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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Paradise Garden Featurette with Director, Ava Leigh Stewart

July 21, 20140 Comments

As filmmakers, we strive to tell stories that are compelling for audiences, tales that touch your heart and leave an imprint, leaving 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.  A story so powerful that it can […]

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Paradise Garden New York Film Shoot

July 14, 20140 Comments

We spent a week in New York filming interviews with Chris Frantz, Michael Pillot, and Spencer Drate, as well as filming some of New York as we walked around. Please enjoy a behind the scenes glimpse of our production. Check out a photo “snapshot” from our Paradise Garden film shoot in New York using the […]

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Mike Mills talks REM & Howard Finster

July 13, 20140 Comments

Mike Mills, one of the founding members of the rock band REM, talked to us about their visits to Paradise Garden and his personal experiences with Howard Finster. In the early 1980’s, REM recorded their first music video from their debut album Murmur, for the single “Radio Free Europe.” During the filming of the music […]

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Amy Ray on Howard Finster

July 11, 20140 Comments

The Paradise Garden crew was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Amy Ray. Amy Ray is a musician, and member of the Folk Rock duo, The Indigo Girls. Her interview will be featured in the documentary film, Paradise Garden: Howard Finster’s Legacy. Ray weighs in on her experience visiting Paradise Garden and meeting Howard […]

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Behind Howard Finster’s Legacy

March 10, 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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Movie Trailer: Paradise Gardens

January 15, 20140 Comments

Howard Finster, the grandfather of the Southern Folk Art movement was a pioneer that showed the world that Art can thrive outside of museums and galleries in ordinary places and in everyday objects. He took what others might deem trash or obsolete and turned it into something contemplative. He opened Paradise Garden for the world […]

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Paradise Garden accepted into the Arclight Film Festival

February 6, 20130 Comments

Over 250 trailers were submitted to the festival for consideration, only the top 80 trailers in three categories were chosen to move forward to online voting and Paradise Garden: Howard Finster’s Legacy was one of them. The film is currently one of the top in our category of Biographical and Historical films, which means that […]

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Paradise Garden Grants

June 1, 20120 Comments

Paradise Garden gets Appalachian Regional Commission Grant The $115,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission that kick-started Chattooga County’s drive to purchase Paradise Garden fits with the agency’s mission to encourage community and economic development in isolated and needy areas. The county, one of Georgia’s poorest, would appear to be a poster child for need.  […]

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