The Happiness Tour

A quirky adventure of a motley crew of witty seniors who, in their 80s and 90s, decide to form a band and go on a happiness tour.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Janalee Budge

Filmmaker’s statement

When my father told me he was joining a band at the age of 87, and the lead guitar player was a 95-year-old lady, I had to go see them play. I happened to have my camera so I asked if they wouldn’t mind if I shot some of their gig. They had my heart within 10 minutes of getting to know them.

Their raw, tell-it-like-it-is personalities were so refreshing and their thirst to share their stories captivated my attention. In today’s digital landscape, many older generations have lost their voice and, in some cases, their purpose as storytellers. Younger generations simply go online for all their knowledge.

In addition to giving the seniors a platform to share their current purpose of spreading happiness through music, I also wanted to find a way to bridge the gap with multi generations. So I paired them up with a group of millennial music engineer students to see how they would co-create together. The results were both amazing and hilarious.

About Janalee Budge

Janalee Budge

Janalee worked as an art director in commercial advertising for 15 years before she decided to focus her creative talents primarily on filmmaking.

Her directorial debut for the short documentary, In the Blink of an Eye, won the Sir Edmund Hillary Award at the Mountain Film Awards and earned the award of distinction for Canadian shorts. The Happiness Tour is Janalee’s second film.

Janalee has been developing her skills as both a DOP and a director in drama and documentary shorts. She combines her experience in visual composition with her thirst for thought-provoking stories to bring a unique artistic style to her films.

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