By Jim Ridley
on Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 4:27 PM
There hasn't been a good topiary movie since Edward Scissorhands, so we're looking forward to a film that's sneaking into Regal Green Hills this Friday. Scott Galloway and Brent Pierson's documentary A Man Named Pearl tells the story of Pearl Fryar, a self-taught sexagenarian topiary artist who took discarded plants from a local nursery and set about transforming his three-acre yard in Bishopville, S.C., into a riot of fanciful shapes and patterns.
A sort of green-thumbed Howard Finster, Fryar has been profiled everywhere from The New York Times to Southern Living. Galloway, who is self-releasing the film for now, says he is delighted with the way audiences have responded to the movie: it's been running in Knoxville for four weeks, and if it does well in Nashville, it may expand to other cities.
The trailer is only available on the movie's website (see the link above), but we found this slideshow of Fryar's topiary garden online. You'll want to take some clippers to that privet hedge in the backyard.