A MILLION HAPPY NOWS
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