DAY 2 | Thu, July 23, 2020 | 7th Show | 12.30 AM

Director: Albert Alarr
80 min / 2017 / USA / English / Narrative Feature

Veteran actress Lainey Allen (Crystal Chappell) is tired of being sidelined for younger talent on the TV soap she has starred in for twenty years. Coupled with finding it harder to retain her lines, she decides not to renew her contract, and she and her publicist and partner, Eva Morales (Jessica Leccia), move to a beach house overlooking the ocean on the Central California coast. The move highlights some small changes in Lainey’s personality – mild depression that Eva puts down to leaving the show. But when Lainey starts to forget more than can be attributed to stress, Eva insists on a visit to the doctor.

A Million Happy Nows chronicles Lainey and Eva’s changing relationship as they struggle to deal with the diagnosis of Lainey’s early onset of Alzheimer, the prospect of an indomitable woman’s future of dependence, and her single support system – the woman who was once in awe of her, became everything to her, and will now look after her. 

Festivals & Honors
Winner: Best Feature/ Opening Film - Desperado Film Festival, Phoenix, U.S.A, 2017
Winner: Audience Award for Best Female Feature - Roze Filmdagen, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2017
Winner: Best Picture - Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, U.S.A., 2017
Winner: Best First Narrative Feature/ Best Actress/ Best Supporting Actress - Filmout San Diego, 2017
Winner: Audience Award, Golden Tanna for Best Film - Freiburg Lesbian Film Festival, Germany, 2017
Winner: Best Narrative Feature Jury Award - Qfilms Long Beach Film Festival, California, 2017
Winner: Audience Award for Best First U.S. Narrative Feature - OUTFEST, Los Angeles, U.S.A., 2017

ALBERT ALARR is an alumnus of the Julliard School for Theatre and USC School of Cinema and Television. Albert was picked up by Walt Disney Television as the first recipient of their Director Fellowship Program for women and minorities. He has directed shows such as Home Improvement, Homeboys in Outer Space and was a contract director for ABC - directing Port Charles, General Hospital and All My Children. He is currently directing and producing NBC’s Days of Our Lives for which he recently won an Emmy as the producer. A Million Happy Nows is his debut feature film.

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