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Get Happy (2008)

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Get Happy is a coming of age musical extravaganza about a child raised by his mother and grandmother who allowed him to express himself in a most unconventional way. This documentary ... See full summary »

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Get Happy is a coming of age musical extravaganza about a child raised by his mother and grandmother who allowed him to express himself in a most unconventional way. This documentary includes actual footage of Mark Payne as a childhood performer. By age 13 Mark was working with many luminaries including Bob Hope and Milton Berle! Early in his life, Mark designed clothes worn by Madonna and Cher as well as establishing a successful singing career. He has evolved into one of the most sought after makeup artists in Hollywood. More than just a documentary about someone's life this short film is an inspiration to all who have dreams and ambitions. Written by David Dupree

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makeup | impersonator | drag

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A Coming Of Age Musical Extravaganza

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Short | Biography | Music

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This short film was originally a birthday tribute put together for Mark Payne's 40th. Encouraged by several industry people in LA it became the short film it is today. It has won Best Audience award at all film festival's it has screened at and Jury award as well in Chicago. See more »

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3 June 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I don't want to say too much about Get Happy other than to see it if you have the chance.

The initial grainy footage of a drag queen performing a Judy Garland tune had me ready to dismiss this film entirely, I just didn't expect the sheer magic that followed. What I assumed to be an adult was a 12 year old boy performing spot on impersonations of Liza Minelli, Judy Garland, Barbara Streisand and, well, you just have to see this movie.

While the story of Mark Payne is incredible, what is doubly inspiring is the way in which the adults in his life chose to embrace his eccentricities instead of trying to straighten him out. This short documentary deserved the audience award it received at the 19th Annual Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival.


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