I’m sitting in a cafe in Toronto on this sunny and spring-like day, and I wish I was in NYC with the cast & crew of Unhappy Happy instead but I thought the next best thing would be to ask them to send me some selfies so I could feel like I was with them anyway. I didn’t give them a lot of time, but some were able to comply.
Unhappy Happy has been nominated for Best Narrative Feature, and Victoria1 has been nominated for Best Actress. So while we have all been extremely excited with each festival that our2 little film has screened at, but these two nominations just gives us that much more to be excited about. I’m sending them all the luck, and good vibes I can muster.
If you’re in NYC and want to check out something truly moving and thought-provoking at the Queen’s World Film Festival this weekend, I hope you would check out Unhappy Happy.
The lead actresss in the movie, and one of my close friends[↩]
Of course it is the baby of Robert Shaw but we are all so proud of it[↩]
Well, I wasn’t able to go to the screening of Unhappy Happy at DiffTO but some birdies tell me that we won the Best Canadian Film Award that night. Isn’t that awesome? And we also got word that it will be screening at the Queens1 World Film Festival in March! I really, really hope I get to go on a road trip if only to be in NYC earlier than expected this year.
And if that news isn’t exciting enough – our Director, Rob Shaw, just released the official trailer for public consumption. So now when I tell you that I was in a feature film and you ask me what it’s about, I can just send you this:
Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to work with some really talented people on a feature film called, Unhappy Happy. It’s a movie about Cancer and the different ways that everyone deals with mortality; though that quick description makes it sound like a cliché, I assure you this film is not.
The film was also featured in the 2013 Toronto Independent Film Festival (TOIndieFF) and given the ‘Best Micro-Budget Feature Film’ Award. From the director: “An unhappy corporate-team builder tries to invent a device to bring happiness to his terminally-ill brother with the help of a brilliant but damaged woman. Unhappy Happy asks the question: What is the nature of true happiness?”
The Daring Internertational Film Festival (DiffTO) is an independent, Toronto based film festival; highlighting new up-and-coming filmmakers from Canada and around the world. It runs from December 26-29th and has been running since 2007 (though back then it was called the Moving Image Film Festival).
Unhappy Happy will be screening at 10:20pm on Friday, December 27th ((Hey! That is tonight!)) at Measure theatre in the Annex, located at 296 Brunswick Avenue. Tickets are on sale for $11 ($10.20 plus taxes) and can be purchased at the door or in advance on guestlist.
There are a million stories about cancer; the loss, the pain, the way lives are turned upside down when it infects someone near and dear to you. When I first read the script for Unhappy Happy, I knew it was going to be a fun project to work on. I was in only two scenes but I was privileged to know the whole story going into the one day of filming I would be called into.
I’ve said it before, but I was extremely proud to have been part of this project before any announcements related to TOIndieFF came about. The one day I spent on set went smoothly. Everyone seemed to be on the same page, and had the same goals in mind. There was never any need for anyone to crack the whip, nor be in a bad mood1. I can only hope that every production I work with in the future is just like this one2.
To Rob and the cast and crew of Unhappy Happy:
Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your production and congratulations. We should all be proud of what we have accomplished and here is to many, many more acknowledgements to come.
For those who missed Unhappy Happy at TOIndieFF, don’t you worry I’m sure we’ll be able to figure out a screening very soon!