Happy Family

The story of "Happy Family" unfolds in a dystopian society where government-produced TV shows serve as the sole form of entertainment, and a centralized system delivers food. People can only step out of their homes if they attain the coveted "Happy Family" titles. While the family outwardly projects a facade of happiness, the parents seem content with their monotonous lives, Nicole appears dissatisfied with their circumstances. And now, they are awaiting a routine visit from agent..

  • Keyu Chen
  • Keyu Chen
  • Keyu Chen
  • Jessica Prado
  • Martina Vel
    Key Cast
  • Judy Cerda
    Key Cast
    "Mrs. Brown"
  • John Carlson
    Key Cast
    "Mr. Brown"
  • Cameron Caves
    Key Cast
  • Andrew Yuen
  • Yujing Bai
  • Edward Lu
    Director of Photography
  • Zhiheng Wu
    Assistant Camera
  • Jonathon Rendon
    Gaffer/Assistant Camera
  • Alexander Micallef
    Sound Mixer
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  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Drama, Mystery, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 29, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Keyu Chen

Rather than socializing with friends and engaging in outdoor activities, I've always found comfort in simply relaxing and watching a movie alone at home. It's the narratives, viewpoints, and the values portrayed in films that consistently strike a chord with me. That's when I genuinely feel at ease—watching or creating movies liberates my heart. And now, I'm thrilled to introduce my very first piece of art - "Happy Family."

In addition to my work as a filmmaker, I also have a career in the tech industry as an engineer. It's this combination of "sense and sensibility" that complete me as an individual.

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Director Statement

Having grown up and been deeply influenced by my homeland, China, I've always had a strong affection for my country and its people. However, it was with the emergence of COVID-19 that I began to witness how individuals suffered under the burdensome quarantine policies and became casualties in a political struggle. It's truly disheartening to witness the land that has always nurtured me now grappling with an unfortunate dictatorship.

As a filmmaker, I feel a strong desire to utilize my unique platform to amplify their voices and advocate for human rights on a global scale.