THRILLED to announce that THE HAPPY SAD will be screening at Frameline 37-The San Francisco Int’l LGBT Film Festival on Tuesday, June 25th, 9:30pm at the Castro Theater!!!
That was a Facebook post by director Rodney Evans, who’s sophomore effort, The Happy Sad, which we’ve been following since it went into production in 2011.
The beat goes on for Evans, the acclaimed writer/producer/director of Brother To Brother, his 2004 debut feature – a drama that looks back on the creative energy of cultural revolution during the Harlem Renaissance from the perspective of an elderly black writer who meets a gay teenager in a New York homeless shelter.
The moody film – an enlightening and entertaining work that explores issues faced by artists of the Harlem Renaissance that continue to be relevant today – starred Anthony Mackie before he became ANTHONY MACKIE, won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance in 2004, and was nominated for Independent Spirit Awards in four categories in 2005.
Rodney’s 2nd feature, The Happy Sad, follows two couples, one black and one white, whose lives collide as they navigate open relationships and sexual identity.
The Happy Sad explores the questions that alternative twenty- and thirty-year olds face in a culture where there appears to be endless possibilities for sex but also a resistance to any definitive model for a proper relationship.
I actually expected a Toronto debut in September, but Frameline it will be! And congrats to Rodney, now entering the tale-end of this journey.
I’ll be revisiting the full Frameline lineup later today, once I catch up on my emails and go through the press release. I just wanted to first reveal Rodney’s news.