Reel Paradise

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John Pierson is a passionate cinema enthusiast who has written books on maverick filmmakers including the bestsellers Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes and Reel Paradise, co-created, produced, and hosted the Split Screen series on the Independent Film Channel network, and helped produce a number of independent films, including early works by Spike Lee, Michael Moore, and Richard Linklater. In February 2000, Pierson traveled to Fiji to shoot an episode of Split Screen, where in the tiny village of Taveuni he ...
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John Pierson is a passionate cinema enthusiast who has written books on maverick filmmakers including the bestsellers Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes and Reel Paradise, co-created, produced, and hosted the Split Screen series on the Independent Film Channel network, and helped produce a number of independent films, including early works by Spike Lee, Michael Moore, and Richard Linklater. In February 2000, Pierson traveled to Fiji to shoot an episode of Split Screen, where in the tiny village of Taveuni he discovered a fully functioning movie theater. A year later, Pierson discovered that the owner was closing shop and moving to New Zealand. Fascinated by the prospect of showing movies in a remote community that was still edging its way into 20th century technology -- most homes have no electricity or telephones -- Pierson took over the business. Although the theater had shown American films since the fifties, many of the impoverished locals were unable to pay the admission prices - so Pierson waived the costs, thus enabling more natives to attend. He and his family stayed in Taveuni for a year, and his friend Steve James himself a documentary filmmaker of note brought a camera crew to Fiji to document the final month of Pierson's experiment. Reel Paradise shows the Taveunians reacting to everything from Steamboat Bill Jr. to Jackass: The Movie, Pierson and his family discussing the reactions of his patrons, the exhibitors' sometimes thorny relationship with Christian missionaries who question his influence on the community, and the cultural and economic divide between the Pierson family and the Fiji natives.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with Steve James and Janet Pierson; 16x9 anamorphic widescreen; Deleted scenes; Alternate ending; Split Screen: Fiji Stooges; Trailers; 5.1 mix
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2006
  • UPC: 720917548425
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Fox Lorber
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Pierson Participant
Janet Pierson Participant
Georgia Pierson Participant
Wyatt Pierson Participant
Technical Credits
Steve James Director, Editor, Producer
Norman Arnold Score Composer
Scott Mosier Executive Producer, Producer
P.H. O'Brien Cinematographer, Co-producer
John Pierson Executive Producer
Janet Pierson Executive Producer
Rich Pooler Sound/Sound Designer
Kevin Smith Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Reel Paradise
1. Frontlines of Cinema [2:09]
2. John and Janet Pierson [3:14]
3. 180 Meridian Cinema, Fiji [1:45]
4. Reel Paradise [5:00]
5. First Screening [12:40]
6. No Way to Put on a Show [5:33]
7. Island Trouble [8:53]
8. Wyatt and Georgia [11:19]
9. God Doesn't Watch Movies [5:21]
10. Student Film Festival [4:39]
12. Final Weeks [11:24]
13. Georgia and Miriama [4:21]
14. The Jackass Test [9:49]
15. Wyatt Runs the Show [6:18]
16. Changes and Goodbyes [5:50]
17. The Last Picture Show [3:46]
18. Lights Out/Credits [3:58]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Reel Paradise
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   Scene Select
   Theatrical Trailer
   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes
      Alternate Ending
      Split Screen: "The Fiji Stooges"
      Filmmaker Biographies
         Steve James
         John Pierson
         Janet Pierson
      180 Meridian Cinema: The Year in Pictures
      Trailer Gallery
         A Hole in One
         Dear Wendy
         The Beat That My Heart Skipped
         Happy Hour
         Play All
      Coming Attractions
         Unknown White Male
         The Intruder
         Play All
   Audio Set-Up
      Stereo 2.0
      5.1 Surround Sound
      Commentary With Steve James and Janet Pierson
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