Common Machine's upcoming documentary, Plastic Paradise: A Swingin’ Trip Through America’s Polynesian Obsession, tells the story of tiki culture’s original rise and fall in the mid-20th century, and its recent rediscovery by a new generation of Polynesian Popsters.
Filmed in Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale — much of it on location at the world-famous Mai Kai during the annual Hukilau celebration — Plastic Paradise features interviews with Sven Kirsten, Beachbum Berry, Tiki Kiliki, Otto von Stroheim, Swanky, King Kukulele, Shag, Tiki Bob, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid, and many more. Artist and designer extraordinaire Kevin Kidney is the film’s art director.
The film premiered on PBS in September 2013 and will continue to air in select markets through 2014.
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