In 1976, Pearl Fryar moved to the all-white town of Bishopville, S.C., and ignored his close-minded white neighbors who thought Pearl, who is black, would fail to keep his yard maintained. According to The Washington Post, after becoming a self-taught topiary artist, Pearl wooed his neighbors with his magnificent backyard. He took unique plants not usually suited for topiaries and sculpted beautiful works of art. To honor his green thumb and his dignity in taking the high road, filmmakers Scott Galloway and Brent Pierson created a documentary called A Man Named Pearl (which screened in Charleston last year but is only now gaining national attention). The directors take a head-on approach to defy prejudice, and their efforts make their finished product both truthful and inspirational. —Caitlin Baker