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Pearl Fryar Was Shear Genius

by aec

AEC kicked off its 2008 Back Row Film Series with A Man Named Pearl, a documentary film about a South Carolina man who reshaped his yard and unexpectedly changed the lives of hundreds of people. The crowd of 150 people enjoyed the opportunity to see the film before its release in major cities and meeting the man himself.

Mr. Fryar addressed the audience after the film, answering questions and speaking about the most important accomplishment in life: positively impacting the lives of others.

Before the film, a crowd gathered on the Tennessee Aquarium plaza to watch as Pearl transformed three small trees into beautifully sculptured topiaries.

See the photos of the demonstration here:

Thanks to everyone who attended. If you missed out, you can see A Man Named Pearl at the Bijou Theatre starting Labor Day weekend, kicking off the AEC's Fall Independent Film Series.

A Man Named Pearl

by aec

The AEC Back Row Film Series kicks off Saturday, June 28th with a demonstration, film screening and talk by renowned topiary artist Pearl Fryar.

The documentary 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 that inspired him to create a message of peace and goodwill through his garden sculptures. Pearl and his gardens have been featured in the New York Times and Smithsonian, and on NPR and CBS Sunday Morning. This award-winning documentary, co-produced by Shaking Ray Levi Society, offers an upbeat message about respect for both self and others, and shows what one person can achieve when he allows himself to share the full expression of his humanity.

Tickets are going fast! Call the AEC or visit our website to get your tickets early.

When: Saturday, June 28th
Where: The Tennessee Aquarium

5:00 PM Topiary Demonstration by Pearl Fryar on the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza
6:30 PM Film Screening and Discussion with Pearl Fryar in the Tennessee Aquarium Auditorium - use members' entrance

Cost: $5 for AEC and Aquarium members; $10 for non-members.

Presented by green|spaces

Special thanks to the Tennessee Aquarium, Shaking Ray Levi Society, and Shadow Distribution for making this event possible.