The Happy Film(In Production)
The Happy Film takes a look at the strategies serious psychologists ‘recommend to improve one’s personal well-being and overall happiness. Questions such as ‘Is it possible to train our mind in the same way’ that we train our bodies?’ and ‘Can we change our behavior to make’us happier?’ will be put to the test in this highly visual documentary.
Designer Stefan Sagmeister will attempt a long list of various strategies – ‘from the sublime to the ridiculous – and report back on the results. ‘The documentary’s experiments and explorations are loosely based on Stefan’s book Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far. Though the focus will be on the ability of meditation, cognitive therapy, and pharmaceuticals to significantly alter well-being – the maxims from his book will ‘serve as access points to a larger exploration of happiness, it’s cultural’ significance, our constant pursuit of it, and its uniquely ephemeral nature. Throughout these experiments, our team will work closely with a group’ of health professionals to properly define and assess Stefan’s happiness.
Ride, Rise, Roar (In Theaters, iTunes, Netflix, DVD/BlueRAY and Pay Per view)
Ride, Rise, Roar.
Ride Rise Roar is a concert film featuring David Byrne that blends riveting onstage performances with intimate details of the creative collaborations that make the music and performance happen.
Shot with multiple cameras over several concerts during the 08/09 tour, the film blends the energy and charisma of classic Talking Heads with the heartfelt pathos of David Byrne and Brian Eno's most recent collaboration.
Between the songs, the film achieves an unprecedented intimacy with David Byrne and the band, documenting behind-the-scenes auditions, rehearsals, and interviews with key players while revealing the creative process that led to the show's unique fusion of pop music and modern dance.
RIDE, RISE, ROAR celebrates Byrne's extensive career as a musician and testifies to the creativity that keeps him going today.
The film premiered at SXSW in 2010 and then made the rounds to almost every major festival across the globe. The film was sold to Eagle Rock Entertainment for North American Territories and Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment in the UK. The film has played on 50 screens in the UK and is showing on independent theaters throughout the
Ride, Rise, RoarReviews
"Stop Making Sense" is a tough act to follow, but David Byrne gives his younger self a run for his money with "Ride, Rise, Roar," an energizing concert film drawing strength from young choreographers whose creations amplify both the weirdness and the idealism in Byrne's songs and lend his stage performance a visual impact particularly well suited for big-screen exploration.
- Hollywood Reporter
This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no humdrum concert documentary. Alternating between black-and-white behind-the-scenes glimpses and full-color footage of live performances, filmmaker David Hillman Curtis offers a singularly satisfying package that may be more popular on homevid, but will play better in theaters where exuberant ticketbuyers can sway in their seats.
Byrne Doc Ride, Rise, Roar Burns With Strange Grace. Ride, Rise, Roar is a downright beautifully shot and edited concert film.