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Official Plastic Paradise Documentary Thread
Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
Posts: 6610
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-03-11 5:01 pm   Permalink

Sven I would really like to see you do one of those "Ralph Story" segments
(Like "Things that are not there anymore") PBS style Documentary on the history of Tiki
with a real nostalgistic approach to it.

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Dec 29, 2010
Posts: 38
Posted: 2014-03-11 8:38 pm   Permalink

They should have had someone demonstrate how to make a few genuine tiki drinks.. They mentioned the classic drinks from Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic's but showing how to mix one would generate interest and make some people want to make a few themselves or hit the local tiki bars for a taste.. Good opportunity lost.. However, a good show though and most likely the best regarding tiki on a somewhat mainstream channel..

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Joined: Jun 09, 2010
Posts: 108
From: Lincoln, NE
Posted: 2014-05-25 2:25 pm   Permalink

I take it a DVD release of this is never going to happen?

My PBS affiliate would rightfully never waste their money on this (for all five tiki fans in Nebraska), so I'm probably never going to see it.

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Big Kahuna
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Joined: Apr 11, 2007
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2014-05-25 4:32 pm   Permalink

Don't see it coming to Boston, anytime soon.

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Common Machine

Joined: Aug 22, 2012
Posts: 8
Posted: 2014-06-24 12:49 pm   Permalink

Hello Tiki Central,

We've gotten lots and lots of inquiries about when Plastic Paradise will be available on DVD. The short answer is probably not until early 2015. The slightly longer explanation has mostly (though not entirely) to do with the music in the film...

To wit:

We made this film on a shoe string budget (and that's an insult to shoe strings) for a small PBS affiliate. One of the great things about PBS is it has blanket agreements with BMI and ASCAP, the two major music licensing organizations, which enabled us to use lots of music that we never ever would have been able to afford on our wee budget. The hitch is, those agreements do not extend to DVD publishing. We can't rightly author and sell DVDs without paying for those music licenses.

So... the solution will be to re-score the entire film with music that we can get gratis. We've had many offers, and in fact, a portion of the film already has music from various artists who allowed us to use their music and who have expressed interest in allowing us to use more in order to make the DVD happen. But its a load of work.

We're pretty confident we can make that happen, but finding time in the schedule (we have four other films in various stages of production as well as all our corporate work) won't be easy. We should have some time late fall. So, hopefully we're looking at a Christmas/New Years date.

On a side note: we've been told someone has taken it upon themselves to press DVDs and was selling them at the recent Tiki marketplace. That's pretty shitty. I know the Tiki community is generally pretty tight knit -- I assume the perpetrator is known and probably hangs out here -- and self-policing so if someone knows who that person is and can tell them cut the shit out, that'd be great. A lot of people worked very, very hard on the film for over a year and a half, most of whom received little or no compensation. So for this person to be making a personal gain off stealing our work is pretty damn lousy.

Moving on ... We're really grateful and humbled for the way the film has been received in the Tiki community. It continues to get scheduled at PBS affiliates across the country, so if it hasn't aired yet, call your local affiliate and ask for it. We're happy to provide them a copy if they missed the original feed. We're also happy to facilitate screenings at your local art house theater. If you have a connection at a local theater, by all means send them my way and we'll see what we can make happen. Odds are we can make an event out of it.

And, of course, if you are on the West Coast, we'll be in attendance for this weekend's screening at the Egyptian Theater.
Here is the Facebook event page:

All the best,


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Grand Member (4 years)  

Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 1163
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-06-24 1:11 pm   Permalink

Brett, great note, thanks for keeping us informed and for all the hard work which you continue to do.

I'm flying my girlfriend out to LA this Thursday, and she's looking to attend the screening this weekend.

Cheers and all the best to you and your crew!

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Common Machine

Joined: Aug 22, 2012
Posts: 8
Posted: 2014-06-24 1:30 pm   Permalink

Thanks, Ace. Come say hello after the screening if you get the chance.


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 01, 2009
Posts: 2379
From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2014-06-26 2:28 pm   Permalink

I saw it at the mai kai for huki and thought it was great.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 9087
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2014-06-29 06:53 am   Permalink

I had seen it on pbs, but seeing it last night in Hollywood with a room full of tiki
Enthusiasts was really a lot of fun.
Thanks for making it and bringing it to us to see in a theater.

Jeff btd

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Sandy Trunks

Joined: Jun 24, 2005
Posts: 7
From: San Francisco
Posted: 2014-08-05 10:15 pm   Permalink

I just stumbled across 'Plastic Paradise' tonight (August 5th) on NorCal's KQED-Life PBS station ~Comcast channel 189, I think.


It's to be rebroadcast "tomorrow morning" at 2am... hopefully that won't be "last call" to see it ever again on the Tube.

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Tonga Tiki
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Joined: Nov 14, 2006
Posts: 163
From: The Tonga Lounge in Safety Harbor, FL
Posted: 2015-03-15 10:29 am   Permalink

To all that haven't seen it (like me)..I just discovered it on the common machine website. You can watch the whole thing......

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Joined: May 07, 2012
Posts: 499
From: The base of the Volcano
Posted: 2015-03-15 7:52 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the heads up. I just watched it and found it fun to watch.

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Joined: Jan 16, 2010
Posts: 493
From: wakinekona
Posted: 2015-03-21 3:53 pm   Permalink

I watched it last week really enjoyed it. Thanks!

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