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Based on the life of Visual Artist Leonard "Porkchop" Zimmerman and his HAPPY campaign, this is the story of one man's transformational journey through the storm, and his desire to share the sunshine he found on the other side of it.
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Leonard Zimmerman Leonard Zimmerman ... Himself
Steven Uhles Steven Uhles ... Himself
Jon Waits Jon Waits ... Himself
Leonard Zimmerman Sr. Leonard Zimmerman Sr. ... Himself
Nona Zimmerman Nona Zimmerman ... Herself
Charmain Brackett Charmain Brackett ... Herself
Rosanne Stutts Rosanne Stutts ... Herself
Tricia Hughes Tricia Hughes ... Herself
Meredith Monroe Meredith Monroe ... Herself
Deke Copenhaver Deke Copenhaver ... Himself
Daniel Stewart Daniel Stewart ... Himself
Alex Wier Alex Wier ... Himself
Brooke Brandon Brooke Brandon ... Herself
Jason Craig Jason Craig ... Himself
Chase Lanier Chase Lanier ... Himself
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Based on the life of Visual Artist Leonard "Porkchop" Zimmerman and his HAPPY campaign, this is the story of one man's transformational journey through the storm, and his desire to share the sunshine he found on the other side of it.

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A Small Film with a Big Smile

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Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Augusta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Budget:

$45,000 (estimated)
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Elevator Music
Written and produced by Tevey Lute
Performed by Stink Bamboo
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Being happy is a choice.
20 July 2016 | by michaelnolanSee all my reviews

There is an electricity in Leonard Zimmerman that is so palpable, you can see it in the way he can't ever be still. The cute little robot he created, hovering over a simple word, is so much more than cute or simple.

HAPPY is about more than a graphic designer making a sticker that's gone global. HAPPY is about a human being who was hurt so deeply that he nearly became a robot. HAPPY is about learning to face down your demons, call them by name, and give them their marching orders.

HAPPY is an urgent message in a cute package. It is the message that we can't afford to ignore the joy around us, or the people around us who bring it. HAPPY is as universal as it is personal. I became so lost in the film that I forgot I was watching the story of someone I love and call my friend.

This film is a master work, handled with love and reverence by freshman filmmaker Michael McKinley and his incredible team. It may have been his first film (which I still have trouble believing), but I can guarantee it won't be his last.


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