I'll never forget when John Pierson first called me about his adventure in Fiji after he'd returned from shooting that Split Screen episode at the 180 Meridian Cinema. John told me of his plans to return for an extended period of time. He said he wanted to show the movies there for free and that his family was going along.
The next time I heard from John was at Sundance 2003 when my film "Stevie" was at the festival. I was checking my emails and got one from him wishing me luck with the film. He then asked if I had any interest in directing a documentary on their experiences in Fiji. Like many others, I had sporadically followed the family's exploits in Fiji via their website, so I knew the broad strokes of the story. John told me Kevin Smith and partner Scott Mosier would be the executive producers and they'd secured the money to fund the film. I said to myself, "Let's see, a funded film where I get to go to Fiji and document a unique family's experience abroad showing free movies on a remote island?" It took me about three seconds to say yes.
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