Documentary producer Diomedes Bermudez will present a short film trailer at 6pm, Sunday, November 6, at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street, Key West, about Patrick B. Garvey’s work to rescue the tropical paradise on Big Pine Key called Grimal Grove.
When Adolf Grimal travelled to Big Pine Key in the late 1950’s he stumbled upon his life’s purest mission. This hermit, engineer, adventurer and genius spent the next 40 years of his life tirelessly building his own Garden of Eden. The wiry inventor who looked more like a chemist than a lumberjack single-handedly developed an engineering wonder. From sun-up to sun-down he chiseled, dug, dynamited, and created a tropical fruit paradise in a part of the world once considered impossible for growing.
The tragedy in his life-long obsession is that he never planned for the future: Who was going to look after the love of his life? When he died his once beautiful land was abandoned. His beloved trees went neglected. For the next 15 years the Grimal Grove was forgotten.
But, when an adventurer by the name of Patrick Garvey stumbled upon the property, he too found his life’s purest mission.
‘Old Man and the Grove’ captures the obsession and sense of duty as Patrick Garvey risks it all to save another man’s dream along with the passion, sacrifice and lunacy both men were driven by to build something inspirational not only for themselves, but for the community.
The eight-minute short documentary was produced with the intent to raise funds to tell the story in the manner befitting of such a complex, interesting tale.
Tickets are $20 in advance at tropiccinema.com; $25 at the door. Doors open at 6pm; trailer screens at 6:30. The trailer will be followed by a Q&A session, then beer, wine and hors d’ouevres provided by Island Erie Eats.