Nella Media Group & Hawaii Theatre Presents

TAYLOR CAMP – Return to the The Edge of Paradise

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August 3, 2019

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Nella Media Group & Hawaii Theatre Center presents a “Hana Hou” screening of “TAYLOR CAMP – THE EDGE OF PARADISE”

In 1969, Howard Taylor, brother of actress Elizabeth, bails out a rag-tag band of young Mainlanders jailed for vagrancy and invites them to live on his oceanfront land. Soon, waves of hippies, surfers, and troubled Vietnam vets find their way to this clothing-optional, pot-friendly, tree house village at the end of the road on Kauai’s North Shore — the ultimate hippie fantasy: order without rules, life in a pristine forest along a tropical beach in paradise; until the locals decide it’s time for them to go.

“Released in 2010, we knew the film had a great subject, unforgettable characters and timeless ‘60s and ‘70s material; but we felt it missed some of the community’s richness and spirit, a spirit that lived on in so many of the Taylor Campers. For seven years after the completion of the original film, the campers sent us a steady stream of new material and ideas. So, we remade the movie into HD with new film clips, photos, interviews and music, adding segments dedicated to surfing, founding the food coop, the first baby born and the Resident Doctor, a Vietnam Flight Surgeon. We also added some of the darker elements of camp life, like the story of the guy who got strung out on cocaine, left Taylor Camp and took off for South America with five hundred dollars and his three-year-old daughter who was conceived during LSD trip. Forty years later, we interview him and his daughter side by side.”
– John Wehrheim, Writer/Produce

A Glorious HD Cinematic Experience:
We remade the film into a tighter, faster moving story, a story that captures what, for many campers, were “The best days of our lives,” a time when they had little but youth and lived off the grid in treehouses on a beach in “paradise”. So, we changed the title to THE EDGE OF PARADISE and told a story that illustrates Proust’s adage that,“The only true Paradise is a Paradise lost.”Reviews:
It’s spectacular! ………. The photography is gorgeous and beyond that how fortunate that such a utopian experiment was so lovingly documented.
– Michael Pollan (How to Change Your Mind; The Omnivore’s Dilemma)

Impressive! It’s a real time capsule of an era and a place – extremely humane and atmospheric – and will be news to most people. I love the Before and After faces and bodies, and the theme of violated Eden, or After the Fall…
– Paul Theroux (America’s leading travel writer)

A time and place on Kauai that some reviled, some adored and many knew only as a punchline to local jokes or a codeword for a 1970s phenomenon: Taylor Camp. The photos are astounding … an exotic tribe with little touches of America: a Frank Zappa poster, a treadle sewing machine, a porcelain toilet on a platform without walls. As one former resident says in his interview, “You didn¹t have to be naked. But what you did have to be was real.
– Lee Cataluna, Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Showcase tickets are $10.00, $15.00 and $50.00 (VIP Meet and Greet with Reception) plus $5 Theatre Restoration Fee.

This film is Not Rated but contains adult content – Children under 18 years of age not permitted.