‘Mr Happy Man’ to Debut in Bermuda

January 28, 2011

‘Mr Happy Man’, a documentary on Johnny Barnes, will debut at the Bermuda International Film Festival [BIFF] in March. The film has also been accepted to the Florida Film Festival.

Mr Barnes, the well known morning greeter on Crow Lane, has spent decades waving to commuters and is a well known part of Bermuda’s fabric.

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, an American, 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.”

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.

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