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Seattle International Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, Bend Film Festival, High Falls Film Festival, ReelAbilities Film Festival, La Femme Film Festival

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Director's statement

It's hard for me to express exactly how HAPPY 40th came to fruition. I know that I've always thought about fear and how it restricts us, and how it is embodied in all di erent shapes and forms. And one day the image of a woman in a wheelchair popped into my head. As I started writing, I noticed that the other characters that surround her all had their own mental and emotional restrictions, although none as physically obvious. And I realized that the woman in a wheelchair was a metaphor for what I was trying to write about in this lm.

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The performances have the lived-in feel that comes from most likely engaging actors in a project’s development process, with relationships not spelled out more than necessary. Despite all apparent haste, budgetary restrictions and bare-bones crew, tech/design elements are solid.

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