Doug is an ordinary guy with an extraordinary problem. He is on the search for happiness but his downward perspective holds him back. However as he learns, when struck with adversity, the little things become much bigger.

  • Lucas Ruderman
  • Nicholas Barbera
    Key Cast
  • Lucas Ruderman
  • Annemarie Bettica
  • Heather Krannich
  • Bianca Rosario Ramirez
    Director of Phtography
  • Meaghan McConnell
    Art Director
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Dramatic Comedy
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 17, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Prindie: Princeton Independent Film Festival
    Princeton, NJ
    United States
    Best Comedy
  • Nyack Film Festival
    Nyack, NY
    United States
    Best Short
  • movies4movies
    Dobbs Ferry, NY
    United States
    Best Short Film
  • Golden Door International Film Festival
    Jersey City, NJ
    United States
    Nominated: Best Student Film
  • YoFi Fest
    Yonkers, NY
    United States
  • YoungFilmmakers
    New York, NY
    United States
  • Monmouth Film Festival
    Redbank, NJ
    United States
Director Biography - Lucas Ruderman

Lucas has just finished his third year at Manhattanville College and is working to complete his self designed major in film directing. His last film Flower had gotten good feedback and was nominated for Best Student Film at the Golden Door International Film Festival. He has been accepted into numerous local film festivals and won awards from the New York State Library for their video competition as well as from Rockland Community College in the high school category of their TV/Video Festival. He has worked on three of his own films since Flower and several other student projects working as Assistant Director and Director of Photography.

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Director Statement

I created the character of "Doug" about two years ago. At the time, I personally had conflicting feelings about the idea of happiness. It wasn't until about a year later when I actually wrote the story that I realized what truly made me happy. As cliché as it may sound, it was the little things. Doug is the cynic, the realist, the genuine soul in all of us that wants so little in life and yet asks for so much.