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paradisegardenposterFilm Title:  Paradise Garden

Tagline:  Howard Finster’s Legacy

Logline:   This is a film about art, religion, redemption, and rock and roll…all because of a man named Howard Finster. full cast and crew>

Short Synopsis:

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 to enjoy, a true testament that Art comes to life, when people are able to interact with it. Howard Finster showed the world that objects surrounding us can take on a new life, in a sometimes magical way, and communicate messages that can lead to transformation.

Plot Outline: 

Paradise Garden tells the incredible life story of the grandfather of Southern Folk Art, Howard Finster. He was an icon, who influenced the art and music of R.E.M., Talking Heads, Blackhawk, Steve Penley, Eddie Owens Martin, R.A. Miller, Keith Haring, and many others. After his death, his life’s work, Paradise Garden, sadly feel into obscurity.  After receiving a series of grants, the Paradise Garden Foundation has been founded to try and rehabilitate his life’s work.  This film follows the renovation of his Garden and the creation of what will become his legacy.

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ARTICLES ABOUT THE FILM

Directors Explore Howard Finster’s Legacy – Creative Loafing Atlanta

Creative Arts Atlanta Magazine

CNN.com

Review: Savannah Connect

Atlanta Journal and Constitution

Press Release: Art West Film resurrects Paradise Garden on Film

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