Paradise Park, a.k.a. Heroes of the Heart

SELECTED FOR BRECKENRIDGE FESTIVAL OF FILM
BRECKENRIDGE, CO

SELECTED FOR THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE’S
AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS SERIES
WASHINGTON, DC


An elderly resident of an Appalachian trailer park wakes up one morning with a vision that God will visit the park later that evening and grant all the tenants a wish. The love-hate relationship this memorable group of wonderful characters have with their impoverished existence surfaces, in funny, often bittersweet ways, as the effects of floods, unemployment and family strife trigger fantasies of love, wealth, elaborate song and dance numbers and dreams of what’s yet to be. Does God make it to the trailer park? Well, one thing’s for sure, Life will never be the same in Paradise Park.


Repackaged by Vintage Home Entertainment and distributed as “Heroes of the Heart”

“A sweet and likeable film … helped greatly by its offbeat cast.”

- Jim Ridley, NASHVILLE SCENE

” …its trajectory lifts rural struggle to a classic confrontation with ennobling fate. Boyd sees the beauty of their meekness and their dreams…”

-J.W. Williamson, FILM COMMENT

“An unassuming and touching movie.”

-Larry Toppman, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

“When the lights come up, the viewer can’t help but wish them to go off again so he can begin to dream once again.”

-Meg Hale, THE MORNING JOURNAL (Martinsburg, WV)

“Boyd offers honest, realistic characters … well worth checking out.”

-Joe Greenla, FLAGPOLE MAGAZINE (Athens, GA)

“This fantasy and comedy filled story of life in rural trailer park takes off and never lets you down. Just when the story starts to lag, something wonderful happens.”

-Greg Wood, CHARLESTON DAILY MAIL (Charleston, WV)

“Proves that the human spirit is alive and well … and just a little bit wacked out.”

-Spencer Carey, O-TOWN (Orlando, FL)

“Viewers say Boyd film gives hope for dreams.”

-BECKLEY REGISTER-HERALD (Beckley, WV)

“… fantasy sequences are witty and wonderfully done.”

-John Gillispie, THE HERALD DISPATCH (Huntington, WV)

” … charming, full of fun from beginning to end.”

-Wendy Wysong, THE YELLOW JACKET (Institute, WV)

“Boyd’s visuals are wonderful, evoking a powerful response.”

-Derek Barr, THE DAILY ATHENAEUM, (Morgantown. WV)

“In Boyd’s film I’ve seen American life which I didn’t know before. I like these characters, not very successful in life but capable of love, sympathy and hope.”

-Helena Khaietehenko, CINEMA JOURNAL (Moscow, Russia)

 

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