SATURDAY: Celebrate World Happy Day in New Castle
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February 10, 2012
by Barbara Kornreich
Saturday, February 11, 2012 has been declared “World Happy Day,” when screenings of HAPPY, the latest film from Academy ward nominated director Roko Belic, will be held around the globe—including here in Chappaqua at the New Castle Community Media Center.
The feature length film takes viewers on a journey across five continents in search of the keys to happiness. People worldwide will participate in the event by watching the film in venues ranging from large public theaters to community centers, schools, houses of worship, libraries and private homes.
Screenings are scheduled to take place in places as diverse as Cambodia, Brazil and Nepal, as well as in cities across the U.S. The filmmaker’s goal is for people to come together on the same day, to start a conversation about what makes people happy and how we might begin to live more fulfilling lives.
The film HAPPY was inspired by a challenge. Tom Shadyac, producer/director of such films as Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar and Patch Adams, read an article in The New York Times that ranked the U.S. 23rd on its list of happiest countries. To try to find out why the U.S. ranks so low, he asked Belic to travel the world to investigate the origins of human happiness.
The film that resulted is a cinematic quest that takes viewers from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the mountains of Bhutan. HAPPY combines real-life human stories interspersed with interviews of several of the world’s leading experts in the science of happiness and well being, to reveal a deeper understanding of why and how we can live more fulfilling, happier lives.
HAPPY was developed under the Creative Visions Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports creative activists who use the power of media and the arts to affect positive change in the world.
The screening will take place at 4:00 pm at New Castle Community Media Center, 400 King Street, Suite 1. Admission is free, but because space is limited, pre-registration is required. To register, click HERE.
Barbara Kornreich is President of the New Castle Community Media Center (NCCMC).
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