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Reel Paradise (2005)

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Former indie film "guru" John Pierson takes his family to Fiji for one year to run the world's most remote movie theater.

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Steve James

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Cast

Credited cast:
Georgia Pierson Georgia Pierson ... Herself
Janet Pierson ... Herself
John Pierson ... Himself
Wyatt Pierson Wyatt Pierson ... Himself
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Storyline

June, 2003. During the final month of their year-long stay in Fiji, indie-film gurus John and Janet Pierson and their two children host a documentary film crew. John's been showing free movies at the 288-seat 180 Meridian Cinema, in remote Natokalan Village on the island of Taveuni. Reality intrudes in paradise: their home is burgled, the local Catholic priest criticizes John's project, their daughter's behavior may be threatening the reputation of her friend, and John's prickly personality follows him. Against this backdrop, the Fijians laugh at the Three Stooges, Buster Keaton, and "Jackass: The Movie." John finishes the year with ten movies in ten days: do movies matter? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and brief crude humor
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Taveuni, Fiji

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,100, 21 August 2005

Gross USA:

$31,918

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,918
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View Askew Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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John Pierson: Ok, so this is very important to you to get paid $311.28, it's very important for you to have this tomorrow, we sustained our second robbery in your house, tonight's robbery, I believe the total lost will come around fifteen-$10,000. Yeah, so I'll make sure you get your $311.28 tomorrow. I'LL MAKE FUCKING SURE OF IT!
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Features Seven Chances (1925) See more »

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Stop Dreamin'
Written by Albert Spaulding, Casey Bridgeford and Sheronn Hooks
Performed by DaFilled
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Another great film from Steve James
21 April 2005 | by turkamSee all my reviews

The director of "Hoop Dreams" and "stevie" has made another wonderful documentary film. The film profiles independent film guru John Pierson's 'mission' to bring back a cinema in the remotest island of the Fijis. Among his selections are Hollywood popcorn movies like "Bringing Down the House," hits like "X-Men," classics like "Apocalypse Now!" and Buster Keaton's "Stemaboat Bill Jr.", and even some Bollywood offerings and in one instance, some student films from Temple University. The biggest hit of them all seems to be "Jackass," which was encouraged by Pierson's 11 year old son, Josh. The film also captures the family's struggles to live in a far away place where modern technology is largely unavailable (no internet). There is also a battle with the local Catholic church, as its clergy feel that the cinema is competing with evening services. The film reminded of my own experiences at an outdoor cinema in Buyukada (an island near Istanbul) in Turkey where I spent several summers during my teenage years (I grew up here, but my father was from Turkey). Reel Paradise is a great tribute to the cinema, and even people who are not film fanatics will be genuinely moved by this film. Kudos to Kevin Smith for backing the project, and too everyone involved with Reel Paradise.


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