Directed by Dianah Wynter
Written by Horace Wilson
Executive Producers: Horace Wilson & Rodille Clarke
Director of Photography: John W. Simmons
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Set in the islands of Trinidad & Tobago, HappySAD is a universal coming of age story of love, pain and redemption. Seventeen-year-old Mandy, (newcomer Angel Ross in a breakout role) is a tough high school footballer in Trini. But Mandy is shipped off to the idyllic island of Tobago to live with her great uncle Cephas (American actor Bill Cobbs). Consumed with anger, Mandy cannot see the island beauty all around her. But soon the island becomes a character in itself as Mandy fights to overcome her inner demons. With tropical locales, a hot calypso soundtrack and running time of 94 minutes, Happy SAD is a classical tale of teen angst set in an island paradise.
Mandy?s personal struggles intertwine with those of her newly inherited ?dysfunctional? family. She provokes jealousy in her cousin Silvie (Chinaka Phipps) who dropped out of high school and has yet to find her way in life. Cousin Seth (Steven Taylor) is driven to make a go of his business so he can marry his girlfriend, but with no support from his father, Mandy?s great-uncle Cephas, Seth is on the verge of losing everything he?s accomplished at his tender age. Despite Mandy?s struggles, she catches the eye of young musician (Kern Samuel) who sees past her icy exterior. But whether or not Mandy can ever learn to love and be loved holds little promise. Mandy sees her only hope is to win an athletic scholarship. But her nature as a rough-and-tumble footballer is at odds with the only sport available to her in Tobago ?- distance runner.
As Mandy fights to redefine herself, souls are bared, secrets revealed, tragedy strikes, and redemption is sought. Outstanding performances are given by Trinidadian actors Eastlyn McKenzie, Nigel Auguste, Meloney Richards, Eunice Alleyne, Samara Lallo and many more.
Caribbean American Film Production Company