Bermuda: Hamilton & Johnny Barnes

I forgot to mention the reason we were in Bermuda in my last post! The world premiere of Matt's latest documentary short film, Mr. Happy Man showed in downtown Hamilton in front of over 100 locals during the Bermuda International Film Festival. You may remember me posting about Mr. Happy Man back when it was just a fundraising campaign. The subject of the film, Johnny Barnes, is basically the Bermudian Santa Claus - only he makes people smile for six hours a day, five days a week, all year-round. [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/13573320 w=640&h=360]

Mr. Happy Man trailer from Matt Morris on Vimeo.

The statue of Johnny Barnes by Desmond Fountain sits right down the road from where he's greeted locals on their commute to work every day for the last few decades.

Meeting JB himself was truly such an honor - he really is the Spirit of Bermuda. This is just after having a chat about how he and his wife met. He is quite the storyteller!

Matt and Johnny, "keepin' it cool," as he says.

After hanging out with JB, we found the one and only coffee shop in Bermuda that offers locally roasted beans - Rock Island. The laid-back atmosphere, super friendly staff, and killer cappuccinos definitely hit the spot!

Also, by the way...Bermudian money is GORGEOUS!

Next up, a post about the beach and Tucker's Town. We SERIOUSLY saw so much in three days!

Mr. Happy Man

My incredible boyfriend is using Kickstarter to support his latest film venture. Mr. Happy Man is to be a short documentary film about one of the happiest people in the world - 85 year old Johnny Barnes, known as "Mr. Happy Man" to locals, and a most beloved figure in Bermuda's rich culture. Every morning for the past 26 years,  Johnny has woken up at 3 am to head to Bermuda's busiest intersection (rain or shine), spending hours waving, blowing kisses, and greeting all who pass. Whether it's a tourist seeking Johnny's prayers for safe travel on their way back home or a frustrated commuter braving the traffic on their way to work, Johnny brightens the day (and outlook) of thousands on a daily basis. In today's gloom & doom economy, this is of priceless significance. This project will only be funded if at least $4,000 is pledged by Mar 22, 7:34pm EDT. Check it out by clicking here, and if you love what Matt has to say, please support it! It's safe, simple, and all you need to pledge is an Amazon account.

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Photo via: Sharondipity Photography

For more information on Matt, please refer to the Kickstarter page here, or check out his website here.