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WATCH: Exclusive Clip from Rodney Evans's Sexuality-Bender 'The Happy Sad'

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood August 13, 2013 at 2:09PM

After his 2004 Sundance award-winner "Brother to Brother," director Rodney Evans is back with his sophomore attempt "The Happy Sad," a film that examines modern relationships in all their complexity and contradiction.
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Aaron (Charlie Barnett) and Marcus (Leroy McClain), one of the two couples featured in Rodney Evans's 'The Happy Sad.'
Miasma Films Aaron (Charlie Barnett) and Marcus (Leroy McClain), one of the two couples featured in Rodney Evans's 'The Happy Sad.'

2004 Sundance award-winning "Brother to Brother" director Rodney Evans is back with his follow-up "The Happy Sad," a film that examines modern relationships in all their complexity and contradiction.

Evans's second film follows two New York couples--one black and gay, one white and straight--as they navigate the intersections (or maybe collisions) of race, sexuality and most of all monogamy.  Things get messy and get patched up, but all four lovers are left changed and in some way more enlightened than they were before.

After playing as part of San Francisco's Frameline37 and LA's Outfest this year, "The Happy Sad" opens in New York and Los Angeles on August 16.  In the following clip, provided exclusively to TOH!, Stan (Cameron Scoggins) and Annie (Sorel Carradine) discuss the possibility of opening up their relationship in more ways than one, free from the expectations of gender and orientation.  As "The Happy Sad" points out, our words don't always match our actions when it comes to such matters.

This article is related to: Gay cinema, Independents, Sundance Film Festival, Outfest, Frameline Film Festival, Frameline Film Festival


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.