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Watch Trailer for Rodney Evans’ Relationship Drama ‘The Happy Sad’

Watch Trailer for Rodney Evans' Relationship Drama 'The Happy Sad'

We posted its first poster along with some upcoming screening dates earlier this month; now Rodney Evans sophomore effort, The Happy Sad, has just released a first trailer.

To recap, The Happy Sad – which will be making its World Premiere at Frameline San Francisco International LGBT FIlm Festival as a Showcase Screening on TuesdayJune 25th9:30pm at the Castro Theater – follows two young couples in New York – one black and gay, one white and heterosexual – who find their lives intertwined as they create new relationship norms, explore sexual identity, and redefine monogamy.

The film’s cast includes: LeRoy McClain (The History Boys), Sorel Carradine (The Good Doctor), Charlie Barnett (Gayby, Chicago Fire), Cameron Scoggins (Lovers), Maria Dizzia (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Louie), Sue Jean Kim (Bachelorette), Jamie Harrold (Erin Brockovich, The New Tenants – 2010 Academy Award Winner – Best Live Action short), Michael Nathanson (Side Effects, Time Freak – 2012 Academy Award Nomination – Best Live Action short).

Watch the trailer below: 

THE HAPPY SAD-Official Teaser #1 from Rodney Evans on Vimeo.

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Looks interesting to me, so I'll check it out. I enjoy Charlie Barnett's performance on CHICAGO FIRE, too!


This director Rodney Evans first film was also a gay interracial I think he did this for marketing reasons so the film can reach a wider audience which is sad. I prefer movies like Pariah or Noah's Arc, movies about black gay people SET within the black community.
I am a bit tried of black gay directors who insist on making interracial gay films. What does it really challenge to have a white guy with a black guy? I don't think it challenges anything in that sense I think I might pass this film. I wish there were more Patrik Ian Polks, gay black directors that want to make movies about black gay men in relationships with each other.


Never doubted the talent of Mr. Evans as a storyteller and director. He is one of the best period and one of the few and best who happen to be of black. As an artist if film, it is his right to tell the story he wants to tell. His calling card is black/white gay relationship in film. That said, considering the great dearth of stories showing the myriad kinds of relationships between men of African descent, the infinite number of stories waiting to still be told, why do so many gay directors of African descent persist with the status quo imagery black guy forever desiring white guy? Gay men of African ancestry purchase tickets and etc. They want to see their ROMCOMS , DRAMAS, COMEDIES AND TRAGEDIES AND ADVENTURE STORIES as well; and, they want to see them where the love interest is another actor of African ancestry. With the paucity of such films in existence, one would be inclined to think such films could be made by one like an Evans–who is black. Guess one shouldn't be surprised. After all, Patrik Ian-P0lk has decided to go white romantic interest in a film. Doug Spearman of Noah’s Arc fame is doing it with his new film. And, many more black gay directors and screenwriters are doing it. Must be nice to be white and put on a pedestal and worshipped.

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