BRUCE CHARLESWORTH

THE HAPPINESS EFFECT

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The Happiness Effect centers on a statesman's visit to a grade school classroom. He gives a lesson in spin-control using a parable about a shunned puppy, who triumphs through will-power and self-deceit. 

 

In May 2001, Charlesworth filmed Despot, a near-identical trial version of his monologue in The Happiness Effect. The final version was shot on a classroom set in the artist's studio six months later, shortly after the events of 9/11. It corresponds to a chest-thumping jingoism pervasive during that period, although its main themes of personal imperialism and responsibility reflect an array of international political machinations from the Nixon/Kissinger era forward. Charlesworth's illustrations for the "sad puppy" sequence were added in early 2004. The complete video is below:

 

 

 

 

The Happiness Effect, digital video, 9:56

 Script, Direction, Editing: Bruce Charlesworth

Production Manager, Audio: Colleen Ludwig

Camera: Peter Rudrud

Production Assistant: Mickey Johnson

 

CAST: Bruce Charlesworth

2001/2004, digital video, 9:56

 

 

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