Reel Paradise

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steve_james_iconSteve James: documenting life itself

Reel Paradise

  • 2005
  • Directed By: Steve James
  • Rated R
  • Documentary
  • 110 Minutes
  1. Friday, October 24, 2014 9:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Reel Paradise
In Reel Paradise, which one reviewer called “reality cinema,” Steve James follows legendary indie film rep John Pierson, his wife Janet (now director of the SXSW Film Festival), and two children as they move to the island of Fiji to run its only movie house. Their mission was to bring interesting movies to the island and exhibit them for free. The family finds out that they have bit off more than they can chew and learn much about themselves along the way. They also learn that not every community is ready to embrace ‘art cinema’ and the audiences favorite film is Jackass, which the local authorities ban because of its popularity. (35mm presentation)


Director Steve James is scheduled to be present.