“…a highly amusing but incisive examination of the fight for reproductive choice.” – Time Out New York
(Best if you make full screen and turn the volume up.)
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, and played nationwide at Planned Parenthoods.
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Created nearly a decade ago, this 14 minute film playfully explores the absurdities and ironies of the reproductive rights issue in the United States. Blending found with new footage and spoofing the educational film genre, the film highlights the critical threat to choice to a new generation and galvanizes those who have benefited from nearly 40 years of freedom.
Playfully updating the 1950′s school documentary, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness offers up political and social satire regarding the current state of reproductive rights in a fast-paced spoonful. Found-footage, animation and original images are interwoven into a collage containing the fictional stories of a conservative politician, a young couple, and a fundamentalist activist (portrayed by Survival Research Laboratories founder Mark Pauline) along with the decline in amphibian populations and the insidious creeping erosion of reproductive rights in the United States. All linked together through a Chinese dry cleaner.
Director and co-writer Tiffany Shlain, honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” is an award winning filmmaker and founder and creative director of The Webby Awards. For this film she has partnered with her long time collaborator, co-writer Maya Draisin, co-writer and Emmy Award winning producer Xandra Castleton, award winning designer Gil Gershoni, editor Jennifer Steinman, and music composer Mark De Gli Antoni (Soul Coughing) in this sharp, funny, intense and entertaining film. Read bios, or see the complete list of credits.