Director Alexandre Franchi’s HAPPY FACE is headed to virtual theaters and digital next month from Dark Star Pictures! The film, which explores the importance of facial equality and representation, was an audience favorite at Fantastic Fest, Slamdance, and Frightfest, among others.
Estranged from his manipulative cancer-stricken mother, Stan (Robin L’Houmeau), a quixotic 19-year-old, dons a disguise and joins a therapy workshop for disfigured patients in a misguided attempt to reconnect with her. But when his deception is revealed, Stan, who is desperate to gain coping skills to care for his disease-ravaged mother, offers the afflicted patients a bargain: he stays with the group, and in exchange, he teaches them how to feel good about themselves by using their “ugliness” as a weapon against our beauty-obsessed culture. The film also stars Alison Midstokke, E.R. Ruiz, and Debbie Lynch-White.
HAPPY FACE hits virtual theaters January 1st and will be available on digital starting January 5th from Dark Star Pictures.