When sharing her tips for a happy marriage, a young wife must come to realize that marriages are never perfect, or else she stands the risk of losing it all.
Happily Married After is a short film satirical take on the perfections and imperfections that make marriage beautiful. We all too often hold our partners to a high standard, placing them on a pedestal, expecting them to do no wrong. Unfortunately, as being humans, we have tendencies to make mistakes and mess up - but how we react to those instances can either make a relationship stronger or pull it apart.
My vision was to see this perspective of a relationship through the eyes of a Black couple, mainly because Black relationships still feel like they need to be normalized. There are too many stereotypes for reasons why Black relationships do not work out - so as a Black filmmaker, my goal is to continue to show these images to help theatrically normalize what exists in the real world.
I am choosing to portray this as a comedy because we too often get caught in the drama of what we believe a relationship should be. However, whenever we look back in hindsight, we start to realize how trivial some of the quirks turn out to be.
2019. STORY, DIRECTED & PRODUCED BY: ALISON GUESSOU
SCREENPLAY BY: ALISON GUESSOU & ELYSE MORETTI FORBES
PRODUCED BY: JUSTIN CHRISTOPHER AYD
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: MARIE-THÉRÈSE GUESSOU
SHORT FILM. POST-PRODUCTION
JACELYN P. JOHNSON - LACI SPARK
TOUSSAINT MORRISON - KIRK SPARK
DAVID J. BUCHANAN - CINEMATOGRAPHY
BRIAN FEW JR. - 2ND CAMERA/PHOTOGRAPHY
JACLYN NOTT - SCRIPT SUPERVISOR
MADISON LUTZ - G & E
ELAINA LEE - SOUND
AMBER STEIMER - PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
- BRIAN KIBAGENDI - PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
PAT DENINGER - BTS PHOTOGRAPHY
JULIE KOEHNEN - EDITOR
PATRICK MEEHAN - COLOR EDITOR
MIKE HALLENBECK - SOUND EDITOR/RE-RECORDING MIXER