Thursday, February 23, 2012
The NeXus and Cinema Connect present...
A Film About What Makes People Happy
Does money make you HAPPY? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution?
Roko Belic, director of the Academy Award® nominated “Genghis Blues” now brings us HAPPY, a film that sets out to answer these questions and more. Taking us from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.
7:00pm - Doors open (socializing and tea)
7:30pm - Film and post-film discussion led by:
Dr. Aymee Coget
The Sustainable Happiness Expert www.howtobehappyhappinessmakeover.com
Purchase Advance Tickets: $12
Door Tickets $16
HAPPY combines cutting-edge science from the new field of “positive psychology” with real-life stories of people from around the world whose lives illustrate these findings. We see the story of a beautiful woman named Melissa Moody, a mother of three who had a “perfect life” until the day she was run over by a truck. Disabled for nine years and disfigured for life, amazingly she is happier now than before her accident. Manoj Singh, a rickshaw puller from the slums of Kolkata, India who lives in a hut made of plastic bags with his family, is found to be as happy as the average American. Through these and other stories HAPPY leads us toward a deeper understanding of how we can all live more fulfilling, healthy and happy lives.
Roko Belic's directorial debut, "Genghis Blues" (1999), won the Sundance Audience Award and was nominated for an Academy Award® for best documentary feature. Belic recently directed the 44-minute documentary "Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious," which was released on the "Inception" Blu-Ray. For his current project HAPPY, Belic teamed up with Hollywood heavyweight Tom Shadyac, who executive produced, to direct the feature documentary. HAPPY combines powerful human stories from around the world with cutting edge science to give us a deeper understanding of our most valued emotion.
HAPPY Bay Area Schedule:
Dr. Aymee Coget, a widely-known happiness expert, has more than 15 years of experience in positive psychology. Her Happiness Makeover™ program teaches people how to achieve inner enduring happiness and handle life's challenges. She also serves as CEO and is the co-founder of a science backed nonprofit, the American Happiness Association, designed to educate individuals and organizations about how to be happier, and was nominated for CNN Hero of the Year in 2011.
Cinema Connect is pleased to present thought provoking films in the context of community settings. These feature documentaries with transformational themes are presented with post-film dialogues and Q & A. If you are interested in having HAPPY screened by your organization or at your venue, please contact us.