Like all boys, Steve dreamed of having a perfect wedding. When Steve's girlfriend Catherine drops to her knee and proposes, Steve and his dad set out to plan the happiest day of his life. Shot through a colorful lens, this hilarious, role-reversal film subtly challenges gender roles and traditions with a sense of humor. THE HAPPIEST DAY OF HIS LIFE turns classic wedding movies like Father of the Bride inside out in a way that will make you laugh and make you think.
Starring JARED HILLMAN (Joan of Arcadia, Still Standing), JILL EIKENBERRY (LA Law, Tracey Takes On), MICHAEL TUCKER (LA Law, Radio Days), URSULA BURTON (The Office, The War At Home), SUZANNE CRYER (Desperate Housewives, Two Guys and A Girl), and SEYMOUR CASSEL (The Royal Tenenbaums, Faces), this directorial debut from URSULA BURTON of Five Sister Productions (Just Friends, Temps, Manna From Heaven) appeals to anyone who's gotten married, thought about getting married, or has ever been to a wedding.
"A delightful gender-switch comedy" - The LA Times
THE HAPPIEST DAY OF HIS LIFE has been garnering top awards at festivals including: Grand Prize - Best Comedy at The Rhode Island International Film Festival, Best Comedy at The Very Short FF in LA, Festival Favorite at the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian FF, the Bulldog Award at Newport Beach FF, the Chloe Award at the Delray Beach FF, and a special sponsors' screening at The Melbourne International FF.
Screened (in 35 mm) at the Academy 6 in Pasedena, CA for 6 screenings, Sept.7-9 (Friday-Sunday) at 3:45 & 6:45- now qualified for the short, live action category of the ACADEMY AWARDS!
BROADCAST PREMIERE on LOGO That's right - The Happiest Day of His Life has it's BROADCAST PREMIERE THIS WEDNESDAY, Nov 28th at 10 PM (EST and PST) on MTV's LOGO network, in the program "THE CLICK LIST"
Invited to be part of the CIFF traveling sneak preview program, with a screening and happy hour celebration with guests from the Cleveland Int'l Film Festival, including producer Gabrielle Burton. Monday, February 25 at 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Arena Grand Theatre
Ohio Filmmakers Showcase Festival - Saturday, May 10, 7 pm - The Happiest Day of His Life is screening at the beautiful Wexner Center in Columbus, OH as a part of the Ohio Filmmakers Showcase Festival. Producer Gabrielle Burton will be in attendance.
The Happiest Day of His Life was in the 10th annual edition of Q Cinema, Fort Worth's Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival on May 29-June 7 in Fort Worth, Texas. It played along with "Out at the Wedding" on the afternoon of Saturday, May 31.
We're now exploring exhibition opportunities at universities and will be attending other festivals with the film. If you have leads or marketing ideas, let us know...
Ursula (director) and Barbara Rybka (co-producer)
at the Very Short Movies Film Festival
COSTUMING: Friar Tux
275 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
ESCADA USA Inc. (Evening Dresses)
1412 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10018
La Cienega Studio Cleaners
FLOWERS FOR THE WEDDING AND RECEPTION provided by: Sandy Rose Floral Design is sponsoring silk flowers + real flowers for the wedding & reception. Their gorgeous designs can be found on www.sandyrose.com
CAKE FOR WEDDING RECEPTION: Topozios Cake Artistry
422 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90048
WEDDING INVITATION Ann Fiedler Creations
333 1/2 South Robertson Bouleverd
Beverly Hills, California 90211
CATERING SPONSOR: Impeccable Taste Catering (714-697-2496) prides itself on offering full-service catering at affordable prices. With over 25 years of experience, we offer quality food and service, generous portions, uniformed staff and delicious menu to choose from for every occasion. We understand the challenges of working within a budget and we work hard to accommodate you. We don’t feel high quality has to come at a high price. To make the most of your budget, use Impeccable Taste for all your catering needs!
Our Servers: A group of our servers comes from the Covenant Catering Connection, a youth/young adult ministry started by Impeccable Taste Catering, providing training in catering and food service, as well as employment opportunities. Our servers not only work for clients of Impeccable Taste Catering, they have worked with other L.A. caterers on high profile assignments. They have served buffets; sit down dinners, weddings, picnics, benefits, church dinners and more. Impeccable Taste Catering is proud to be teamed with this extraordinary service team.
Our Chefs: A new addition to the Impeccable Taste Catering crew, our chefs hail from one of the top culinary programs in Southern California. This new addition allows us to offer these new culinary artists a chance to hone their very qualified skills, while providing Impeccable Taste Catering clients a broader range of menus and services.
DRINKS AND CRAFT SERVICE: Smart Water Peet's Coffee and Tea - 11750 San Vincente, Los Angeles, CA 90049
310-979-7892 www.peets.com Starbuck's Coffee - 2671 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
310-392-1019 Coffee Bean - 11698 San Vincente, Los Angeles, CA 90210
310-442-1019 Bagel Nosh- 1692 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
310-451-8771 Panini Garden
2715 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA
ACCOMODATIONS: Le Merigot Beach Hotel and Spa is hosting Jill Eikenberry & Michael Tucker. A marvelous hotel & spa in downtown Santa Monica, its website has a nice resource of attractions in the area.
1740 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Ambrose Hotel is hosting DP Anette Haellmigk. Another nice website of area things to do & see in Santa Monica, this is beautiful hotel with a tranquil Asian garden and unique historic design.
1255 20TH STREET
SANTA MONICA, CA 90404
toll free: 877-AMBROSE www.ambrosehotel.com
LOCATIONS: Topozios Cake Artistry
422 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90048
St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Santa Monica
St. Paul's was a location for the film -- the charming historic church was the setting for the original "FATHER OF THE BRIDE" film too!
958 Lincoln Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 451-1346 www.stpaulssm.com
The Knitting Factory
7021 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
6101 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90032
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