Video: Johnny Barnes Documentary

February 13, 2012

Director Matt Morris has placed the full version of “Mr. Happy Man” online for viewing. The award winning documentary features well known Bermudian Johnny Barnes, with the film’s synopsis saying “Come rain or shine, 88-year-old Bermudian Johnny Barnes devotes six hours every day to an endearing traffic ritual that has made him one of the island’s most cherished citizens.”

The film won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the AFI/Discovery Silverdocs, the Best Documentary Short Film at the Sidewalk Motion Picture Festival, an Honorable Mention at the Nashville Film Festival, and an Ideal Award at the Adventure Film Festival.

Mr Morris said he was browsing photographs on Flickr.com one day in 2010 and came across an image of Mr. Barnes with a caption describing the living Bermudian legend’s morning routine of greeting passing drivers with calls of “Good morning!” and “God bless you!”

Intrigued, he followed up with a Google search — and after reading about Mr. Barnes’ decades-long, one-man effort to spread good will decided he was the perfect subject for a documentary.

Mr. Morris travelled to Bermuda, staying with a friend who has a home on the island, and began work on the film.
“It was a fantastic experience,” he said, “and I loved filming with Johnny.”

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  1. all clogged up says:

    Okay go ahead and say what your thinking Vanz! LOL

  2. specialgirl4you says:

    If only all men could spread such “love”, what a different world this would be. Keep giving the love Johnny…..”spread the love” !!! We love you Johnny…Love Love makes the world go around……. Must Love…..

  3. Malachi says:

    Please don’t make me puke!!

    I often think of the people that made significant contributions to the evolution of Bermuda, and all we can come up with is a statue and video of Johnny Barnes???

    We are truly a nutty bunch!!

  4. John Ferguson says:

    Good for Johnny Barnes. I remember in the summer of 1984 I was in the VSB newsroom when one mornng the phones started ringing from people complaining about a man waving and blowing kisses to passing motorists. The callers said he was a traffic hazard,now 28 years later they call if he is NOT there.

  5. pattie says:

    we were on holiday in Bemuda in1987, staying with family in Hamilton, we passed by every day and got the famous wave,, we are so happy he is still well and able to be on the roundabout every morning,It must be good for him!! Long may he wave and make people happy.