Reel Paradise (2005)

Reel Paradise
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating R
Runtime 1hr 50mins.
Genres Documentary, Biopic
Keywords cinema
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Rich Pooler Sound Location Sound 120816 14000001
Juan Peralta Sound Mixer Recording Mixer 230 14000002
Gary Rizzo Sound Mixer Recording Mixer 230 14000003
Keni Maden Translator n/a 741 12000003
Leslie Simmer Technical Advisor n/a 537 12000002
Norman Arnold Composer Music Composer 120836 8000001
Linda Cohen Music Supervisor n/a 120872 8000002
Zak Piper Technical Advisor n/a 537 12000001
Chris Kahn Accountant n/a 120802 16000001
Miriama Bibi Production Assistant Production Assistance 275 25000001
Jim Morrisette Post-Production n/a 120945 25000007
Celeste Neuhaus Post-Production Assistant n/a 120882 25000008
Nand Lal Driver Driver/Fixer 273 25000009
Lavinia Taylor Production Assistant Production Assistance 275 25000006
Waisake Rokotuitai Production Assistant Production Assistance 275 25000005
Tuks Cakau Production Assistant Production Assistance 275 25000002
Petero Gopal Production Assistant Production Assistance 275 25000003
Teresa Gopal Production Assistant Production Assistance 275 25000004
Aaron Wickenden Assistant Editor n/a 203 7000004
Cyndi Moran On-Line Editor n/a 120811 7000003
Steve James Producer n/a 3 3000002
Kevin Smith Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
John Pierson Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Scott Mosier Producer n/a 3 3000001
Steve James Director n/a 2 2000001
Janet Pierson Actor Herself 1 1000002
Georgia Pierson Actor Herself 1 1000003
Wyatt Pierson Actor Himself 1 1000004
Janet Pierson Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
P H O'Brien Co-Producer n/a 170 3000006
Amy Elliot Photography Stills Photographer 120835 6000002
Steve James Editor n/a 172 7000001
Aaron Wickenden Editing n/a 120901 7000002
P H O'Brien Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Aaron Wickenden Post-Production Supervisor n/a 120796 5000002
Aaron Wickenden Associate Producer n/a 171 3000007
Gita Saedi Line Producer n/a 161 5000001
John Pierson Actor Himself 1 1000001
John Pierson is a noted independent film maven and author of the widely celebrated book "Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes," who together with his wife Janet created the IFC cable show "Split Screen." On one story for the show, John and his family went to Fiji in search of the 'world's most remote movie theater.' John fell in love with Fiji's 180 Meridian Cinema when he saw the wild enthusiasm of the audience to a showing of the Three Stooges' "Some More of Samoa"--a short they had been showing at the theater since it opened in 1954. John decided he wanted to move with his family to Fiji and observe what movies meant to a country on the other side of the world. He also saw this adventure as a great opportunity to introduce his two kids, Georgia (16) and Wyatt (13), into a culture and lifestyle far different from that of their home in the New York City suburbs. The rural island of Taveuni is not one of Fiji's prime tourist destinations; its people struggle to eke out a subsistence living as farmers, fisherman, and merchants. To the local Fijians, the Piersons were thought to be millionaires, because they were able to live in a large colonial home and show movies for free. John carries on the theater's tradition of showing a wide range of American, British and Hindi films. The profound difference now is John's ability to show the movies for free due to contributions from several independent filmmakers he had helped in the past. For many in Taveuni, going to movies had been impossibly expensive before the Piersons arrived. Now, the 180 Meridian Cinema becomes the focal point of entertainment on the island with frequently packed houses. John is able to secure many of the most current popular and blockbuster releases from America and abroad. Because the Piersons are neither tourists nor permanent residents of Taveuni, their year in Fiji proves to be a complicated experience. They from strong friendships with locals like their cook Sia, and come to understand how third world islanders cope with day-to-day life. But they also experience culture clash and learn firsthand the realities of being "haves" in a culture of "have-notes." When their home is robbed while they are out showing a movie, it marks the second serious robbery since they've been in Fuji, and raises anew questions about whom they can trust or not trust. Their paranoia extends to their landlord Andrew, who has been a yearlong thorn in the side of the Pierson family. When Andrew insensitively presents the Pierson's with a fuel bill the night of the second robbery, it strikes another blow against the notion that living here can be some kind of paradise.