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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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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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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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Paradise Garden screening in an exhibition at Vassar College

July 20, 20140 Comments

“This summer the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center brings together paintings, sculptures, and drawings by artists who operate without academic training and outside of the mainstream art world. The work of self-taught artists has achieved unique status for its compelling expression of emotion and unselfconscious style. This exhibition focuses on the depictions of the human […]

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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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Behind the Scenes

February 25, 20130 Comments

One of the focuses of the film is to highlight the art at Paradise Garden, which was the centerpiece of Howard Finster’s career. This is a behind the scenes glimpse of a collection of photos taken at the Garden during our first phase of production. Tweet

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