2012 Episode 3 - Aired on May 17, 2012 - Listen here. HAPPY: the Movie, the Movement
Listen in as Rick Allen and Lauren Monroe as they take a journey into the human emotion of happiness through the eyes of groundbreaking filmmaker, Roko Belic, director of the Academy Award® nominated “Genghis Blues” and the inspirational movie HAPPY, a film that explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.
The film investigates questions like where happiness comes from, and how to balance the allure for money with our need for strong social relationships and personal fulfillment.
“The desire for happiness is universal,” says Belic. “The sources are much more common and attainable than many of us believe. It is exciting to share this film and the cutting-edge research with people all over the world. It is even better to know they will be sharing it with each other, too.”
Roko Belic’s directorial debut, the acclaimed “Genghis Blues” (1999), won the Sundance Audience Award and was nominated for an Academy Award® for best documentary feature. He is co-founder of Wadi Rum Film. Roko started his filmmaking life in third grade with his brother, Adrian, when their friend, Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception) borrowed a super-8 movie camera from his parents. Heavily influenced by Star Wars, the young team experimented with special effects and the surreality of film. Later, because his mother used a wrench to lock their TV to the local PBS channel, Roko became enchanted with programs through which he could explore the world. Belic recently directed the 44-minute documentary “Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious,” which was released on the “Inception” Blu-Ray. For his current project, Belic teamed up with Hollywood heavyweight Tom Shadyac (“Liar Liar,” “Bruce Almighty”), who executive produced, to direct the feature documentary HAPPY. HAPPY combines powerful human stories from around the world with cutting edge science to give us a deeper understanding of our most valued emotion.