happy-film-title-graphic.jpgAn Oscar nominee film director wants you to be happy. He also wants to change the world.

Roko Belic intends to do both by finishing his documentary film, “Happy,” and he’s aiming to secure the necessary financing through an increasingly popular fund-raising website, Kickstarter.com.

After seeing a newspaper article on the world’s happiest countries, Belic decided to investigate why the U.S., though the world’s wealthiest country, ranked nowhere near the top of a global survey on happiness.

“For thousands of years, we’ve had philosophers and spiritual leaders and even comedians who talked about what made you happy,” Belic said in an interview with Speakeasy. “I wanted to know some of the science behind it.”

The funding campaign for “Happy” ends July 10. As of July 5, it had raised more than $18,742, but the project must raise $14,000 more this week to continue with its production.

A Wall Street Journal article Monday should help. You can too, by going to TheHappyMovie.com website.

“For an independent filmmaker who spends too much time in a dark editing room, that’s really nice,” Belic said. “It’s nice to know that you have supporters you haven’t even met yet.”

WATCH the film’s trailer below, and READ more of the story in Wall Street Journal...

Happy – A Documentary Trailer from Wadi Rum Productions on Vimeo.

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