2004 Sundance award-winning “Brother to Brother” director Rodney Evans is back with his follow-up “The Happy Sad,” a film that examines modern relationships in all their complexity and contradiction.
Evans’s second film follows two New York couples–one black and gay, one white and straight–as they navigate the intersections (or maybe collisions) of race, sexuality and most of all monogamy. Things get messy and get patched up, but all four lovers are left changed and in some way more enlightened than they were before.
After playing as part of San Francisco’s Frameline37 and LA’s Outfest this year, “The Happy Sad” opens in New York and Los Angeles on August 16. In the following clip, provided exclusively to TOH!, Stan (Cameron Scoggins) and Annie (Sorel Carradine) discuss the possibility of opening up their relationship in more ways than one, free from the expectations of gender and orientation. As “The Happy Sad” points out, our words don’t always match our actions when it comes to such matters.