A scene from HAPPY LIFE, a film by Michael M. Bilandic. Picture courtesy Tilt Pocket. All rights reserved.
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Happy Life (2011)
Opened: 10/14/2011 Limited
|reRun Theater||10/14/2011 - 10/20/2011||7 days|
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HAPPY LIFE is a low budget dark comedy about the world of techno music. It's the first feature by writer/director Michael M. Bilandic and is executive produced by Abel Ferrara (King Of New York, Bad Lieutenant, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, etc.).
Comic Tom McCaffrey (Get Rich or Move Back In With My Dad, Onion News Network, Vh1's Best Week Ever, etc.) plays Kieth, a thirty-something trance DJ who's going through a major crisis. He's recently been fired from his residency spinning at an upscale tapas restaurant, and, worse, his specialty record store, New York Tunez, is on its last leg.
In a final effort to save both his store and reputation he decides to throw an 'old school' rave. Unfortunately, contemporary NYC can be a pretty cutthroat place. Faced with hipster music gatekeepers, an aggressive landlord, a crack smoking headlining act, and a general community that could care less about his party, Keith is forced to face the music; the 2000's are a far cry from the early '90's.
Shot by Sean Williams (Frownland, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, The Color Wheel) and featuring an ensemble cast including Matt Pinfield (MTV's 120 Minutes), Kate Lyn Sheil (Green, Silver Bullets), and Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel), HAPPY LIFE is a comedic portrait of a subculture trying to stay afloat in an ever changing environment.