A Man Named Pearl
Over the last twenty years we've shown quite a few below the radar documentaries. Many of them are great films. Today's Rialto Recommends is one of those films. We presented A MAN NAMED PEARL in the summer of 2008. A MAN NAMED PEARL tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar. It is a subtle and intriguing film that is certain to open hearts and minds. It offers an upbeat message that speaks to 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. The Los Angeles Times raved "A Man Named Pearl not only makes you want to get out there and play Edward Scissorhands but can, at least for its 78 jazz-and-gospel infused minutes, help replenish one's faith in humanity." While the New York Times said "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." A MAN NAMED PEARL wasn't released by a big studio or a big studio affiliated arthouse label. It was released by a indie distributor based in Waterville, Maine - our friends at Shadow Distribution who have championed many beloved films that we've shown over the years including The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. A MAN NAMED PEARL is streaming exclusively on Hoopla HERE.