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The Happy Poet -- THE HAPPY POET is an all-organic, mostly vegetarian comedy about Bill, a struggling poet who pours his heart, soul, and last few dollars into starting a healthy food stand, surprising friends and customers with his dry wit and offbeat passion.  Motivated by help from a rag-tag group of supporters and a budding romance with a poetry-loving customer, Bill strives to make a difference in the world, until complications jeopardize his dreams.
The Happy Poet -- Bill, an out-of-work poet, puts his heart, soul, and last few dollars into starting an all-organic mostly-vegetarian food stand, but complications with the business jeopardize his dreams for a hot dog-free future.


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  (in credits order)

Paul Gordon ... Bill
Ricardo G. Lerma ... Banker (as Ricardo Lerma)

Sam Wainwright Douglas ... Buddy

Troy Anthony Miller ... Econtainer Salesman (as Troy Miller)
Paul Famighetti ... Ungrateful Customer
Nancy Gresham ... Hot Dog Girl

Chris Doubek ... Curtis

Jonny Mars ... Donny
Sean H.A. Gallagher ... Vegan Cookie Guy (as Sean Gallagher)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Liz Fisher ... Agnes
James Jensen ... Video Gamer #2 (as Jimmy Jensen)
Matt Joyner ... Video Gamer #1

Anika Kunik ... Smoking Woman
Amy Myers Martin ... Lily
Jordan Strassner ... Car Girl #3
Carlos Treviño ... Derrick (as Carlos Trevino)
Wes Turner ... Delivery Boy

Directed by
Paul Gordon 
Writing credits
Paul Gordon (written by)

Produced by
Paul Gordon .... producer
David Hartstein .... producer
Caroline Karlen .... associate producer
Jonny Mars .... co-producer
Chris Ohlson .... executive producer
Jason Wehling .... associate producer
Original Music by
Eric Friend 
Cinematography by
Lucas Millard 
Film Editing by
Paul Gordon 
Production Design by
Caroline Karlen 
Costume Design by
Caroline Karlen 
Production Management
Emmett Kerr-Perkinson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mary Adolph .... second assistant director
David Hartstein .... assistant director
Sound Department
Tim Dallesandro .... sound mixer
Tim Dallesandro .... sound recordist
Eric Friend .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Shilpi Agrawal .... camera pa
Geoffrey Frost .... assistant camera
Sara Masetti .... second assistant camera
Yuta Yamaguchi .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Parke Gregg .... on-line editor
Joe Malina .... colorist
Allison Turrell .... post-production coordinator
Jacob Vaughan .... additional editing

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Donny:It's like I always say dude, you gotta take life by the sack... before it takes you by the sack. 'Cause it'll squeeze, dude. You gotta be the one doing the squeezin'.
Bill:Yeah, I mean, that's... that's what I'm trying to do now, you know? Be the one doing the squeezing. It's just, uhhh... doesn't feel very good.
Donny:That's what I'm sayin' dude, I mean, neither option feels good. But which one feels worse? It's squeeze or be squeezed dude! That's life, man! We all get our nuts in a vice from time to time.
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Nice effort !!, 4 December 2010
Author: Bill Papadopoulos from Thessaloniki, Greece

I saw the movie before two days in the festival of Thessaloniki. It has good performances , good actors. The plot was quick so during the film you will not get bored at all.The plot has some meanings also. You don't get use to watch movies with organic foods.In the beginning of the movie the first 10-15 minutes are a little confusing(not many action on the story) but later just getting better minute after minute. To tell the truth i was not expecting this movie to be good.. I think that Paul Gordon's and Liz Fisher's performances especially were very promised . The movie is a comedy and i can tell that it's a good one. I think that you cant get any better from a low budget movie!

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