A Man Named Pearl

A Man Named Pearl

Streaming Video - 2008
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A MAN NAMED PEARL tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar, whose unlikely journey to national prominence began with a bigoted remark. In 1976, Pearl took a job in a can factory in Bishopville, South Carolina. New to this rural southern town, he and his wife Metra looked at a house for sale in an all-white neighborhood. The Fryars' real estate agent was notified by neighbors in the prospective neighborhood that a black family was not welcome. A homeowner voiced the collective concern: "Black people don't keep up their yards." Pearl was stung by the racial stereotype. But rather than become angry and embittered, it motivated him to prove that misguided man wrong. Pearl bought a house in a "black" neighborhood and began fashioning a garden that would attract positive attention. His goal was modest, but clear: to become the first African-American to win Bishopville's "Yard of theMonth" award. Realizing he would have to do something spectacular to impress the Bishopville garden club, Pearl began cutting every bush and tree in his yard into unusual, abstract shapes. He didn't know it then, but he was creating a magical wonderland that would, in time, not only garner local recognition, but also draw thousands of visitors from across the United States and around the world. Now 68, Pearl has been featured in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, as well as several television programs such as CBS Sunday Morning. The media interest that Pearl and his topiary garden generates helps steer much-needed tourist dollars into the declining town of Bishopville and Lee County, the poorest county in the state of South Carolina. But the impact that Pearl and his art have had on his community is not just economic. He's also had a profound spiritual influence. As Pearl's minister, Rev. Jerome McCray, says of the garden: "It's the one place in all of South Carolina that people can go, both black and white, and feel love."
Publisher: [United States] : Cinedigm : Made available through hoopla, 2008
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 78 min.)) : sd., col

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BridgettM
May 19, 2017

Pearl Fryar is a self-taught topiary and junk artist and gardener. He transformed his home's landscape into an incredible garden and has, in turn, transformed his neighborhood and community of Bishopville, South Carolina. Mr. Fryar is energetic and inspiring. He has found his passion and purpose; both that and his garden are wonderful to see. I recommend this film for those with interests in gardening, art and/or documentaries.

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gohuskies1
Aug 03, 2015

"A MAN NAMED PEARL chronicles the story of Pearl' s magical garden as well as his extraordinary life, both of which serve as inspirations to his family, his community, and the thousands of visitors who come to experience Pearl's world each year. The film traces Pearl' s journey from a small town sharecropper's son to an internationally-acclaimed artist, focusing in particular on his position as the celebrated cultural and spiritual icon of his impoverished town. Now 68, the soft-spoken Pearl has just one wish for all those who wander through his living art; they must leave feeling differently than when they arrived." - Editorial Review

One of my favorite documentaries. Check it out!

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