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Monday, January 30, 2023

‘Happy FKN Sunshine’ featuring Wes Williams and Ted Dykstra is out

 The foul-mouth rock & roll comedy feature film 'Happy FKN Sunshine', is set to release on January 10th, 2023. The film features a thematic soundtrack filled with classic deep cuts by Carl Perkins, Mura Masa feat Slowthai, 999, Otis Clay, Willie Cobbs, IOLITE, Eddie Burns, Maestro Wes William feat Chuck D, and Alexander Lewis along with original songs Pogey, Drive, and That's How It's Gonna Be written for the film.

‘Happy FKN Sunshine’ is the story of Ronnie Weston (Mattea Brotherton) and her de ella brother Will (Matt Close) who live in a one-mill town. When the mill workers go on strike, the future for their families looks bleak. Fortunately, Ronnie has found a brisk business selling weed. When Will wants to start a band, Ronnie uses her weed profits to buy Will an electric guitar. Against everybody's advice, Will enlists local outcast Artie Porter (Dana Hodgson) as the bass player. Artie spends his days allegedly partying with heavy metal icons and getting fellatio from rock and roll legends - or so he says. Artie's lies cause instant conflict within the band, especially with Vince (Connor Rueter), the egotistical lead singer. But the musical chemistry is undeniable, and Will feels that his band just might hit the big time. If they can survive their dying town…and each other.

The film is directed by Derek Diorio and features an ensemble cast of musical legends Wes Williams and Ted Dykstra and newcomers Matt Close, Mattea Brotherton, Connor Rueter, Dana Hodgson, and Maxime Lauzon.

Written by Ryan Keller and J. Gordon Ross, and produced by Ryan Keller, Jonathan Hlibka, and Terry E. Markus, 'Happy FKN Sunshine' has an accompanying soundtrack on music platform Spotify

The film will be available on January 10 on the following global platforms: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu, inDemand, Vubiquity, DirecTV, and Dish.

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Happy FKN Sunshine principle cast and crew:

Matt Close as Will

Mattea Brotherton as Ronnie

Dana Hodgson as Artie

Connor Rueter as Vince

Maxime Lauzon as River

Bridget Graham as Danielle

Aubrey Rand as Taylor

Lewis Hodgson as Frank

Lisa Boivin as Loraine

Wes Williams as Jimmy

Ted Dykstra as Fast Eddy

Directed by Derek Diorio

Written by Ryan Keller & J. Gordon Ross

Produced by Ryan Keller

Executive Producers Jonathan Hlibka & Terry E. Markus

Director of Photography Clement Lush

Production Designer Stephanie Avery

Happy FKN Sunshine: Creator Statement

Happy FKN Sunshine is a story about the last chapter in the life cycle of an industrial town told through the eyes of the town's working-class youth. Northern Ontario and Manitoba are littered with small towns that sprung up around pulp and paper mills in the heyday of the mid-late 20th-century forestry industry. People flocked to these towns on the promise of stable high paying jobs and a real future for themselves and their children. But the economy changed in the 1990s and many mills began closing. Suddenly, many of the children of the millworkers found themselves without the chance of the bright future that their parents once thought they had.

The plot of Happy FKN Sunshine is simple: Will and Ronnie, the teenage children of a millworker, start their first band while the mill is on strike and the town's entire economy is collapsing. Music is their refuge. Inspired by the band's chemistry and their growing popularity on social media, they increasingly see music as the path to an otherwise unattainable life. Thematically, the film is a character drama about music's power to provide comfort and a sense of purpose in otherwise impossible circumstances. It provides an authentic portrayal of the often complex and difficult lives of working-class artists.

The entirety of the soundtrack of the film is music that the characters listen to and the music that they make as a band. It is a rich blend of punk, country, rock, and metal ranging from the 1970s to contemporary pieces. The songs the band performs are entirely original and were written for the film. When the band plays its music the audience experiences the same sense of sanctuary as the characters. Cinematographer Clement Lush and writer/producer Ryan Keller spent a large part of their careers working together filming bands for documentaries, music videos, and television and drew upon the repertoire of strategies to realistically convey the connection among musicians that arises through the act of making music.

It was incredibly important to the filmmaking team that all details, from the dialogue and locations to the background performers, felt authentically like Northern Ontario. Hence, the film was shot entirely on location in North Bay, Ontario. To further capture the authenticity of the story, the actors playing the band and their relatives are Northern Ontarians. The adult characters are played by an ensemble of industry veterans recognizable from numerous film and television productions. The younger cast are newcomers who were found through an extensive casting process and who worked under the guidance of director Derek Diorio to create powerful debut performances.

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About director Derek Diorio

Derek Diorio has written, produced, and directed hundreds of hours of dramatic, animated, documentary, and live-action television programming and feature films starring the likes of Ernest Borgnine, Eli Wallach, Graham Greene, Michael Moriarty, and Terri Garr. From 2012 to 2018 he co-created and co-wrote four seasons of the critically acclaimed drama series Hard Rock Medical.

His work as a writer has earned him many international awards, including a Cable Ace Award in the U.S., a Banff Television Festival Award and three Gemini nominations in Canada. He moved his family and production company to North Bay in 2018 and is an active Producer promoting Northern crews and talent.

About Other Animal Entertainment

Other Animal develops and produces commercial feature films for a global market. Its founders bring expertise in development, production, marketing, and distribution. Other Animal is currently in development on a slate of more remarkable stories.

Other Animal began in 2013 as a collaboration between Jonathan Hlibka and Ryan Keller. Their goal is to create feature films that defy genre conventions and tell bold stories with a deep emphasis on character. To make these films financially possible, Other Animal works closely with writers and directors to develop projects that can be realized with small and highly-skilled teams. Poor Agnes, the company's first feature film, won numerous awards and critical acclaim during its festival run. Poor Agnes is currently available on Tubi: - Crypto-enabled AVoD Platform

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