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This week: 2010′s Free Movie Night Season Closer: A Man Named Pearl

Hi all & happy Monday!  We hope to see you this Wednesday at Eastern Market for the last film of our 2010 free movie series, A Man Named Pearl — it’s going to be a good one!  Check out the press release below, and find Facebook event info here.

November 8, 2010
Contact: Leeann Drees
Phone: 313.316.1411
email: leeann@detroitevolution.com


Eastern Market’s Free Movie Night screens A Man Named Pearl on Wednesday, November 17th, 7-9p in Shed 5

Detroit, Michigan – November 8, 2010 – At this month’s Free Movie Night in Eastern Market, Eastern Market Corporation, Detroit Evolution, and Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit will present the film A Man Named Pearl. Every month these three organizations share a film about sustainability and give viewers the opportunity to discuss its local relevance immediately following the screening. This month’s showing is on Wednesday, November 17 and will take place, as always, in Eastern Market’s Shed 5 from 7-9 PM.

With urban agriculture being such a popular topic in Detroit, many of the films featured in the past have focused on gardening in some form or another, but November’s film explores a different kind of gardening: the elaborate topiaries constructed by Pearl Fryar. Mr. Fryar is a sharecropper’s son residing in South Carolina’s poorest county. There he has constructed a fantastical 3.5-acre garden from plants that otherwise were destined to be thrown away. The garden has become a tourist attraction, long after fulfilling Fryar’s initial goal of winning the Bishopville, SC “Yard of the Month” award. He was the first African-American to win that particular recognition, and his ambition to do so was inspired by a racist comment about the supposed unlikelihood of such an honor being extended to an African-American.

This film will certainly tell a beautiful and inspiring story about how one man’s art has moved people and brought positive change to his community, but organizers of the event hope it will also inspire a lively discussion about the many ways race, land use, art, and gardening intersect within the city of Detroit.

The screening of Mr. Fryar’s story will close out the monthly movie night’s 2010 season. The hosting organizations plan to resume the events in February 2011.

Since 2008, Eastern Market Corporation, Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit and Detroit Evolution have been partnering to present this FREE Movie Night in Eastern Market. On the third Wednesday of every month we gather to screen a movie on a sustainable topic, explore the topic at the local level through discussion and support from regional groups and businesses, and create a space to meet like-minded people from all walks of life & grow an active, healthy community. For this casual event, attendees should bring a comfortable seat. Shed 5 is located at the corner of Russell and Alfred St. Parking is available in the lots adjacent to the Shed. For more information or to get involved call Detroit Evolution at 313.316.1411

About Detroit Evolution – Detroit Evolution is dedicated to the health, joy and liberation of all beings. We’re dedicated to sustainable practices and presents workshops on these and other topics to assist in and inspire resilient and relocalized Detroit. http://detroitevolution.com

About Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit – Bioneers comprise a network of visionary innovators working to build a sustainable, positive and creative future for the web of life. http://www.glbd.org

About Eastern Market Corporation – Eastern Market is open on Saturdays from 6:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, contact 313-833-9300 http://www.detroiteasternmarket.com

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