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Packed house for Ryan Gainey film prompts encore showing of ‘The Well Placed Weed’ at Towne Cinema

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Packed house for Ryan Gainey film prompts encore showing of ‘The Well Placed Weed’ at Towne Cinema

Ryan Gainey. Photo provided to Decaturish

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Ryan Gainey. Photo provided to Decaturish

The July 12 local screening of “The Well Placed Weed,” a film about the late gardener Ryan Gainey, was a huge hit.

Before the doors opened at 6:30 p.m.  there was a line around the block and by the time the movie started, people had to be turned away. That was partially due to a communications error that resulted in tickets being oversold. Some people who bought tickets were refunded at the door.

But for people who still have their tickets or who wanted to see the film and couldn’t make it on July 12, there’s good news. The Towne Cinema will host an encore screening on Friday, July 13. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., movie starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased here. The theater is located at 106 N Avondale Rd, Avondale Estates, Georgia 30002.

The film had a week of showings at the Plaza Atlanta last month. Decaturish put the filmmakers in touch with Towne Cinema to arrange a screening that was closer to where Gainey lived and worked. The overwhelming response to that July 12 showing caught everyone off guard.

“The Well Placed Weed,” directed by Steve Bransford and Cooper Sanchez, chronicles Gainey’s life from 2010 to 2016.

Gainey was a world-famous Decatur gardener and designer, a gifted eccentric who loved Jack Russell terriers. He owned a property in Lexington, Ga. He was staying there in July 2016 when a fire broke out. Gainey rushed inside with a garden hose in an attempt to save his dogs and did not return. Gainey and his dogs died and his Lexington home was destroyed.

“Gainey has been the focus of numerous gardening television programs, but this film is the first project to examine the complexities of his life,” the filmmakers said. “As the film shows, he was a contradictory character, both off-putting and tender, self-absorbed and generous, artificial and authentic. Ryan Gainey 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.”

Gainey’s Decatur home was recently demolished. In 2016 a large tree fell on it, leaving it uninhabitable. A new home is being rebuilt in its place, but the garden will be preserved.

Here’s a trailer for the film:


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