Happiness (2013) – By Misty Layne

Have you ever felt stuck in life? Stuck in a dead end job, stuck in a dead end relationship, or stuck in the monotony of the everyday? How about all the above? We’ve all felt this way at one point or another and some of us more so than others. For some, this passes but for others life is constantly stagnating and we sit waiting – waiting for the moment for it all change, waiting for our happiness to show up.

Happiness is an intense study of one woman’s life in the cubicle world, and the ways that her work life causes her to rethink who she is and what she wants.  It explores the relativity of happiness; happiness in love, in life, and in one’s connections with others. Our woman’s life passes us by in a series of vignettes all set at her job. In one we see her begging her co-workers to be quiet but she is silently in the background, drowned out by the noise of chatter, perhaps really only saying these things in her head. Another scene shows us that she has been closer than she should have been to a co-worker even though she’s married with children and yet another scene shows a different co-worker finding out about this affair. Slowly her life is falling apart while she sits and waits for her happiness, searches for her happiness in different places.

While short (approximately 20 minutes), Happiness is a lovely film full of meaning and sentimentality. It offers intense insight into an emotion we’ve all felt at some point or another while never overdoing it. Each vignette offers yet another glimpse into the life of our woman and what she’s searching for and does so in such a way that we feel deeply for her and her pain. This film is a reminder of what life is about.

Happiness was recently nominated for 7 nominations at the Visionfest 13: The Other Festival festival. They’re up for:

· The Domani Vision Award
· Directing
· Writing
· Short Subject Narrative
· Acting (Female Lead)
· Editing
· Sound Design

To learn more about Happiness and Watermark Film visit their website or Facebook page today.