The truths... and the myths... about happiness in America.
September 17, 2009
7:00PM to 8:30PM
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On Thursday, September 17, uncover the secret to lifelong fulfillment when ReelTime @ The Radio Room presents the thought-provoking HAPPINESS IS from Andrew Shapter, director of the critically acclaimed BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES. The screening is scheduled for 7 pm.
HAPPINESS IS takes viewers on an inspired journey to understand the meaning behind "the pursuit of happiness” as originally conceived by our country’s forefathers.
The United States is the wealthiest nation on earth. Yet its citizens do not rank among the happiest.
Shapter explores why this seemingly simple notion -- protected in our nation’s Constitution -- has transformed into an elusive concept encumbered by the values of a consumer society.
In his attempt to demystify this fundamental human search, Shapter creates a project filled with thoughtfulness and unexpected humor. Aiding him in his quest is an array of authors, comedians, philanthropists, average Americans and a diverse line-up of world-renowned figures from the Dalai Lama to Willie Nelson.
Their experiences and insight reveal that happiness is nothing more than a state of consciousness. It is an inspirational revelation -- that happiness is attainable for every human being, regardless of personal circumstance.
“What I found then is that when people get over their egos, they generally stop doing whatever it is that is keeping them from being happy,” says Shapter. “They stop comparing themselves to people ‘above’ them and start looking around at others.”
Austin-based director Andrew Shapter has 20 years experience as a writer, photographer, and, most recently, filmmaker. His first film, BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES, garnered critical acclaim and screened as part of the ReelTime series earlier this year.
HAPPINESS IS is Shapter’s lastest project and premiered in Austin to sold-out crowds and overwhelmingly positive response. The film will screen at KAFM’s Radio Room venue as part of a nationwide tour to raise funds for sponsoring venues. The ReelTime presentation will help launch the radio station’s fall fund drive, a major component of the non-profit’s yearly operating budget.
ReelTime's feature documentary will be preceded by a special world premiere -- it's the first public screening of film's by Grand Junction's very own young filmmakers who attended KAFM's ReelTime Film Camp this past summer!