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WATCH: An Exclusive Look at Rodney Evans's New Film 'The Happy Sad'


Relationships in New York--gay, straight, white, black--are rarely simple, as Rodney Evans's new film 'The Happy Sad' makes abundantly clear.  Centering on two couples, one comprised of two black men and the other of a white man and a white woman, 'The Happy Sad' examines the intricacies of race, sexuality and monogamy in modern America, and the ways that lines tend to blur when love and sex are involved.

Evans's first film, the 2004 Sundance Special Jury Prime winner 'Brother to Brother,' featured Anthony Mackie as a young art student who befriends an elderly man and through him learns about the homophobia and racism he faced as a gay black writer during the Harlem Renaissance.

After playing as part San Francisco's Frameline37 and LA's Outfest this year, 'The Happy Sad' opens in New York and Los Angeles on August 16.  In the following clip, provided exclusively to Towleroad, Aaron (Charlie Barnett) and Marcus (Leroy McClain) discuss how they would respond as a couple if one of them tested positive for HIV.  It's funny, it's sweet and it's deadly serious--check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

(photo courtesy of Miasma Films)

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  1. I love Rodney Evans and his work. I also love the beautiful actors he found for this movie. Yes, I'm superficial--that's what some folks do when they old.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 22, 2013 3:12:49 PM

  2. While they are both supremely handsome men, Charlie Barnett is AMAZING to watch no matter what role he plays. I've seen him play gay and straight and he's just a pure actor. He does what the role requires and does it well.

    Definitely going to see this film.

    Posted by: Princely | Jul 22, 2013 3:23:22 PM

  3. Very imaginative, but unfortunately this reaction is one that would only happen in movies, not in the real world.

    Posted by: Julien Pierre | Jul 22, 2013 6:51:17 PM

  4. "Very imaginative, but unfortunately this reaction is one that would only happen in movies, not in the real world."

    Conversations, similar to the one seen in the video, have occurred in "real life" between gay male couples. Don't let cynicism rule.

    Posted by: edwin/elg | Jul 22, 2013 8:18:31 PM

  5. well... I mean, if you were a supposedly monogamous couple, would this be most guy's reaction? I dunno.....

    it might be another thing if they had just been dating for a few months, and he had just gotten tested.

    Posted by: scott | Jul 22, 2013 10:43:29 PM

  6. Beautiful scene....
    Thanks for sharing, Andy....

    Posted by: Marc | Jul 23, 2013 2:34:13 AM

  7. Andy,

    I'm not being a cynic, just realistic, having gone through this sort of conversation.

    Posted by: Julien Pierre | Jul 23, 2013 10:48:54 PM

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