An award-winning American film director who is filming a documentary on Johnny Barnes is seeking locals to appear in on-camera interviews. Mr Barnes, the well known morning greeter on Crow Lane, has spent decades waving to commuters in the morning and is due to be the subject of a documentary titled “Mr Happy Man.”
Director Matt Morris said he was browsing photographs on Flickr.com one day and came across a photo of Johnny Barnes which had a caption describing what Mr Barnes does everyday. He said he was intrigued, so followed with a google search, and thought Johnny Barnes seemed like a perfect subject for a documentary. Mr Morris traveled to Bermuda, staying with a friend who has a home on the island, of which he said “It was a fantastic experience and I loved filming with Johnny.”
He says he is hoping to incorporate additional footage in the film of “short interviews with average Bermudian citizens”, with information such as “When did they first see Johnny Barnes? What did they think of him? Do they think what he does is important? Do they have any memorable Johnny Barnes stories?” Anyone is interested in taking part in a short interview (5-10 minutes) for possible inclusion in the film, can email Mr Morris at MattMorrisFilms “at” gmail.com.
The Preview trailer for the documentary Mr. Happy Man is below:
Mr. Morris’s previous documentary ‘Pickin and Trimmin’[watch preview], won awards at the 2008 Woodstock Film Festival, 2009 Florida Film Festival, 2009 Marin County Short Film Festival and the 2009 Charlotte Film Festival. His documentary ‘Watermelon Man’ [watch preview] premiered at the Florida Film Festival in April, 2010.