New York Times - 07/18/2008
"Assembled without frills or fuss, A MAN NAMED PEARL is as much a portrait of a small Southern town as of an unassuming black folk artist."
Box Office - 08/01/2008 3 stars out of 5 -- "Taking in Pearl Fryar's stories and trailing him on his regular shearing duties is watching an artist at work....[There is an] intoxicating giddiness here."
Documentary filmmakers Scott Galloway and Brent Pierson join forces in telling the sweet story of Pearl Fryar, an African-American factory worker from South Carolina who broke racial stereotypes and astounded skeptical neighbors when he won the Iris Garden Club's Yard of the Month award. Determined to win the honor and put racist ideas to rest, Fryar manicured his garden to perfection, proving wrong the local belief that blacks don't take care of their yards. In a predominantly white community, he became the first black person to hold the award. Though he lacked any gardening experience, Fryar never let this obstacle deter him, and went on to create an elaborate garden, complete with beautifully sculpted hedges and a maze-like area where he carved out the words "Love, Peace, & Goodwill." Galloway and Pierson capture this simple and powerful message in a straightforward manner, letting Fryar's fanciful garden creations and the inspired visitors who flock to them yearly speak for themselves.
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