Happy

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A scene from HAPPY, a documentary film by Roko Belic. Picture courtesy Wadi Rum Films. All rights reserved.

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Happy (2011)

Opened: 08/26/2011 Limited

Screenings08/26/2011
Loft Cinema08/26/2011 - 09/22/201128 days
Harkins Valley...09/16/2011 - 09/22/20117 days
Monica 4-Plex02/11/2012 - 02/11/20121 day
Claremont 502/11/2012 - 02/11/20121 day

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Genre: Documentary

Rated: Unrated

Synopsis

From the Academy Award® nominated director Roko Belic (Genghis Blues) comes a new cinematic adventure. HAPPY is a feature-length documentary that leads viewers on a journey across 5 continents in search of the keys to happiness. The film addresses many of the fundamental issues we face in today's society: how do we balance the allure of money, fame and social status with our needs for strong relationships, health and personal fulfillment? Through remarkable human stories and cutting-edge science, HAPPY leads us toward a deeper understanding of why and how we can pursue more fulfilling, healthier and happier lives.

HAPPY takes the viewer from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the mountains of Bhutan. Listen to the wisdom of a Kolkata rickshaw driver, the compassion of a volunteer at Mother Teresa's Home for the Dying and the knowledge of some of the world's leading happiness researchers. Witness as middle school students applaud the bravery of their classmates during a moving presentation on bullying. HAPPY combines real-life human drama and cutting-edge science to provide insights into the mysteries of happiness.

In 2005, director Tom Shadyac (Liar Liar, Patch Adams, Bruce Almighty) handed Roko Belic a New York Times article entitled, "A New Measure of Well-Being From a Happy Little Kingdom." The article ranked the United States 23rd on its list of happiest countries. Shadyac, himself dissatisfied with his luxurious Beverly Hills lifestyle, asked Belic to make a documentary investigation into the origins of human happiness--and why the U.S. ranks so low. This simple inquiry led to a global exploration of happiness research.

HAPPY was developed under the Creative Visions Foundation, a publicly supported 501 (c)(3), which supports Creative Activists who use the power of media and the arts to affect positive change in the world. Belic has been filming HAPPY for the past four years, and has attracted well-known experts such as Ed Diener, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Richard Davidson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and others. Marci Shimoff, best-selling author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul, narrates the film.

Wadi Rum Production films are a collaboration between the two Academy Award® nominated brothers Roko and Adrian Belic. Their debut feature, Genghis Blues, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award and received acclaim at over 100 film festivals worldwide. Adrian's most recent film, Beyond the Call, has enjoyed equal success, screening on 5 continents and winning over 70 international awards. HAPPY is Roko's latest work.

About the Director

An Academy Award® nominee and Sundance Award winner, Roko Belic was born to Czechoslovak and Yugoslav parents in America. In 1996 he founded the film production company Wadi Rum with his brother Adrian. His directorial debut, Genghis Blues (1999), which the brothers shot using home video cameras, was nominated for an Academy Award® for best documentary feature. Roko's multinational upbringing, together with his mother's encouragement to explore the world through television documentaries, set the foundation for his passion and vision as a filmmaker. Belic has worked in numerous capacities during his career, including director of photography, editor, writer, producer and director. He recently directed a 44-minute documentary called Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious, for the Blu-Ray disc of the Hollywood feature film Inception. Belic's upcoming feature project, Twilight Men, tells the story of an American seeker and an Indian holy man who journey into the Himalayas in search of an enlightened master. More information on his work can be found at: www.WadiRum.com.

About Wadi Rum Productions

Wadi Rum is an award-winning film production company founded by the brothers Roko and Adrian Belic. The brothers had their first experience with filmmaking in elementary school when a childhood friend, Christopher Nolan [The Dark Knight (2008), Inception (2010)], borrowed a Super 8 movie camera from his parents. Genghis Blues, Roko and Adrian's first feature documentary, won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award as well as 45 other festival awards and Academy Award® nomination. Based in Los Angeles, Wadi Rum continues to seek out and produce entertaining films with social impact. Their recent features include Beyond the Call and HAPPY.

 

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