Here are some short, medium, and longer film descriptions to use in various contexts:
a) Starring Elisabeth Rohm (Law and Order, Heroes, American Hustle), this movie follows an investigative reporter sent, not too willingly, to report on a spiritual community in California. With a fair portion of skepticism and a dash of curiosity, she embarks on a professional and personal journey that will open her eyes and change her life. The reporter is fiction, the place is fact. A remarkable journey to a place where happiness lives — and how we may re-awaken it in our own lives, wherever we may be. (86 words)
b) A film that brings a new perspective to docudrama, Finding Happiness presents real people living dynamic, harmonious lives in real communities around the world, viewed through the eyes of fictional magazine journalist, Juliet Palmer (Elisabeth Rohm, Law and Order, Heroes, American Hustle).
A somewhat skeptical and jaded Juliet meets extraordinary people who not only answer her questions, but welcome her to a reality she had never imagined — founded on inner happiness and freedom. Filmed on location at the Ananda communities in California, Italy and India. (77 words)
c) Fictional journalist Juliet Palmer, (Elisabeth Rohm , Law and Order, Heroes, American Hustle), an investigative reporter specializing in stories that expose corruption, receives an unusual (and unwanted) assignment from her boss at Profiles magazine: she’ll visit a spiritual community in northern California that has developed alternative solutions to the world’s problems for nearly half a century. While at Ananda World Brotherhood Village, she’ll interview its visionary founder.
With a fair portion of skepticism and a dash of curiosity, Juliet embarks on a professional and personal journey that will open her eyes and change her life.
Filmed on location at the Ananda communities in California, Italy, and India, Finding Happiness follows Juliet as she talks with the real residents of Ananda, who answer her questions and welcome her to a reality she had never imagined possible.
As Juliet researches Ananda, an inspiring self-portrait of the community emerges. We meet a group of people who have made the personal journey from idealism to inner transformation, and who have developed practical solutions for a sustainable, harmonious, inwardly fulfilling way of life.
In her interviews, especially those with the founder, Swami Kriyananda, she finds answers for her personal quest. His gentle wisdom helps her discover eternal truths with the power to transform her life. (210 words)
“Finding Happiness: When you change, your whole world changes.” (tagline)
“Finding Happiness is a treasure — a beautiful film about how one man helped create heaven on earth. Very inspiring and so relevant.” – Christiane Northrup, M.D., Ob/Gyn physician, author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
“I desire to change circumstances before circumstances change me. In the movie, Finding Happiness you will gain insights and courage to support you to make the changes necessary for true joy. Happiness is not mentioned on a resume, yet it is the most essential ingredient to true inner wealth.” –Temple Hayes, Unity Minister and Spiritual Leader, Author and Radio Host
“The beauty and depth of this film is heart-touching. Juliet’s journey meant so much to her, to me, to all of us.”
–David William Gibbons – Broadcaster, Presenter & Social Historian –
“It’s an excellent blend of fact and fiction—very rarely do you find the two combined so effectively within one piece of work.” Erica Roberts, The Mindful Word, journalist.
“An intriguing docudrama offering a fascinating glimpse into day-to-day life inside an idyllic spiritual community dedicated to cooperation, simplicity and sustainability in sharp contrast to the material world where competition and consumerism reign supreme.” – Kam Williams, Syndicated Critic / AALBC.com
” Finding Happiness helped me to learn what I need to add in my hectic life — the spiritual antibiotic of meditation –rather than what I should subtract, to enable me to lead a balanced life both professionally and socially.” –Dr.Harpreet Wasir, Cardiac Sugeon, Delhi, India
“With today’s global confusion, now is the perfect time to see this movie, and see that common people can make their lives better. The end of the movie leads you to a big silence, where words are nothing, the soul is everything.” – C.I., Bucharest, Romania
“A wonderful movie that brings out the beauty of living harmoniously with nature, in a community that is self sustaining and filled with love, care, compassion. It helps us to see ourselves as world citizens in the bargain. – S.R., Delhi, India