CHEROKEE GARDEN LIBRARY PROGRAM: THE WELL-PLACED WEED: THE BOUNTIFUL LIFE OF RYAN GAINEY, A FILM BY STEVE BRANSFORD AND COOPER SANCHEZ
From the venue:
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.