'A Man Named Pearl' playing at Greater Park Circle Film Society

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The Olde Village Talking Picture House, located at 1080 East Montague Ave. in Park Circle, presents films every other Saturday. This is a project of the not-for-profit Greater Park Circle Film Society.

On Saturday, March 21, there will be a presentation of the award-winning film A Man Named Pearl.

Below is a brief description of this award-winning film:

An inspiring story of a South Carolina self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar, whose unlikely journey to national prominence began with a bigoted remark. His goal was modest, but clear: to become the first African-American to win Bishopville’s Yard of the Month award. Mr. Fryar has been featured in dozens of magazines and newspapers. A Man Named Pearl is a subtle and intriguing award-winning film with an upbeat message that speaks to respect for self and others. But the impact that Pearl and his art have had on his community is not just economic. He also had a profound spiritual influence. As Pearl’s minister, Rev. Jerome McCray, says of the garden: “Its the one place in all of South Carolina that people can go, both black and white, and feel love.” Visitors who wander Pearl’s three-and-a-half-acre property quickly recognize that love is the garden’s central theme. Meticulously etched into the ground in huge, flower-filled letters are three words: LOVE, PEACE & GOODWILL. These are the guiding principles by which Pearl lives his life and how he has been keeping up his yard for nearly thirty years!

Film times are Saturday, March 21, 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $2 for members and $5 for non-members. Free popcorn! The theater open 15 minutes before the show and seating is limited to 50 persons.