CHEROKEE GARDEN LIBRARY PROGRAM: THE WELL-PLACED WEED: THE BOUNTIFUL LIFE OF RYAN GAINEY, A FILM BY STEVE BRANSFORD AND COOPER SANCHEZ
Gainey has been the focus of numerous gardening television programs, but this documentary is the first project to examine the complexities of his life. As the film shows, he was a contradictory character, both off-putting and tender, self-absorbed and generous, artificial and authentic. Gainey, who passed away in July 2016, was a lover of beauty, and his home garden in Decatur, Georgia, was his masterpiece. It was, as he often said, a “garden of remembrance” where his old friends and family lived on in the overlapping blooms of heirloom plants.
Steve Bransford, a senior video producer at Emory University and a documentary filmmaker, and Cooper Sanchez, an artist and a gardener at Historic Oakland Cemetery, filmed Gainey between 2010 and 2016. With editing and post-production, The Well-Placed Weed is an eight-year journey, showing their passion for the project. The screening (running time: 78 minutes) will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Movie refreshments provided.