Common Machine Productions will present its new documentary, Plastic Paradise: A Swingin’ Trip Through America’s Polynesian Obsession. The doc, which will hit the film festival circuit before airing on PBS later this year, tells the story of tiki culture’s original rise and fall, and its subsequent rediscovery by a new generation of Polynesian Popsters. Shot in Los Angeles, New York, and Fort Lauderdale — much of it on location at the world-famous Mai Kai during Hukilau 2011 and Hukilau 2012 — the film features interviews with Sven Kirsten, Beachbum Berry, Tiki Kiliki, Swanky, King Kukulele, Otto von Stroheim, Shag, Marina the Mermaid, and many more. Artist and designer extraordinaire Kevin Kidney is the film’s art director.
Filmmakers Brett O’Bourke and Gaspar González of Common Machine will host the screening, discuss the film, and take questions from the audience.
Common Machine is a digital media production company with offices in Miami and Chicago. Its previous films include Hecho a Mano: Creativity in Exile, recipient of a 2011 Emmy Award®.
Every June, thousands of Tikiphiles from around the world migrate to Fort Lauderdale, where Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White throws the Polynesian Pop party of the year — otherwise known as the Hukilau. The Bum crafted this drink in Miss Kiliki’s honor when attending his first Hukilau in 2006.
Recipe: Into your shaker pour 2 ounces Appleton V/X rum, 1/2 ounce each of fresh lime juice, unsweetened pineapple juice, orange juice, passion fruit syrup, and Fee Brothers coffee syrup. Shake well with ice cubes. Pour unstrained into a double old-fashioned glass.