Based on the stage play HAPPY by Alan Zweibel, originally produced and presented by Throughline Artists as part of the 2010 SUMMER SHORTS festival at 59E59 Theaters in NYC.


World Premiere | August 13, 2019 (HollyShorts Film Festival)

Directed by FRED BERNER


Running Time: 23 Minutes (Color)

Filmed on location in Sarasota, Florida

A middle-aged baseball fan goes to Delray Beach seeking out George "Happy" Haliday, a modest man who once played second base for the 1962 New York Mets. The fan has brought a baseball with him that his father caught during a game that infamous season.  The ball has been signed by every member of the ‘62 team, except one...



Fred Berner

FRED BERNER (Director)

Fred Berner previously collaborated with Alan Zweibel in 2010 on Happy ("Summer Shorts” 2010). Television: Executive Producer/Director, Magic City, Law & Order(s); Producer, Speak (Showtime), Hidden in America (Showtime), Without Warning: The James Brady Story (HBO), Bette Midler’s Mondo Beyondo (HBO), Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee (TNT), Murder in a Small Town (A&E). Film: Producer, Pollock, Vanya on 42nd Street, Straight Talk, The Great White Hype, The Ballad of Little Jo, 3 Backyards, Miss Firecracker, Handsome Harry.


Alan Zweibel

Photo by Millburn-Short Hills/Summit Magazine/Greg Pallante

ALAN ZWEIBEL (Screenwriter)

Is an original Saturday Night Live writer. Alan has won five Emmy awards for his work in television which also includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Alan collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award winning play 700 Sundays, Martin Short’s Fame Becomes Me, and the off-Broadway plays Happy (“Summer Shorts” 2010), Pine Cone Moment ("Summer Shorts" 2014) Comic Dialogue, Between Cars, and Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy which he adapted from his best-selling book. Alan wrote the Thurber Prize winning novel The Other Shulman, the popular children’s book Our Tree Named Steve and, most recently, a parody of the Haggadah titled “For This We Left Egypt?” with Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach. Alan’s humor has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Op-Ed page and MAD Magazine.  He received an honorary PhD. from the State University of New York and in 2010 the Writers Guild of America, East gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.



Scott Adsit

SCOTT ADSIT (Donald Rappaport)

Scott Adsit was raised in Chicago where he worked on the Second City Mainstage & ETC stages and at the Steppenwolf Theater. He won a Joseph Jefferson award for Best Actor for his work at the Second City. He now lives in New York where he currently performs in several shows at the UCB Theater: Adsit & Gausas, Gravid Water and Let's Have A Ball. Film credits include The Italian Job, For Your Consideration, Last Night, Mr. Tambourine Man, The Terminal, Without A Paddle, Admissions, Kicking & Screaming, Be Cool and The Informant!. His TV credits include: Moral Orel, Law And Order SVU, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Life On Mars, Monk, Huff, Tenacious D, CSI Miami, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Stacked, Dharma and Greg, Mary Shelly's Frankenhole for Adult Swim, and played Pete Hornberger on NBC's 30 Rock.


Tom Wright

TOM WRIGHT (George Haliday)

Has appeared in over 40 stage productions both on and off-Broadway. On Broadway, he performed in A Taste of Honey which received two Tony Award nominations. Wright co-starred in the feature films Barbershop, Barbershop 2: Back in Business with Ice Cube. He also co-starred with Angela Bassett as her ex-lover in Sunshine State, with writer/director John Sayles. Other films with Sayles include: Passion Fish, City of Hope, Matewan, The Brother from Another Planet and Honeydripper. Wright won the Best Actor Award at the Santa Monica Film Festival for his portrayal of John Shed in the indie film Dumbarton Bridge. He has played roles on several television programs but is best known for playing Mr. Morgan, Yankees co-worker of character George Costanza (Jason Alexander) on Seinfeld.


filmmakers & crew


Director • Fred Berner

Writer • Alan Zweibel

Producers • J.J. Kandel and Tim Harms

Line Producer (Sarasota) • Shaun Greenspan

Executive Producers

Harry Lipstein

David Boies

David Stone

Jennifer Brown Stone

Co-Executive Producers

Richard I. Kandel

Cookie Bloom 

Susan K. Straus

Shaun Greenspan

Cinematographer • Frank Prinzi, ASC

Production Designer • Robert Foti

Editor • Brian Kamerzel

Composer • Andrew Sherman

Casting • Rebecca Gushin

Sound • Rachel Cameron

Hair & Make Up • Lera Juno

Gaffer • Douglas W. Shannon

Key Grip • Jeremy Teran

1st Assistant Director • Shaun Greenspan

2nd AD/Script Supervisor • Sarah Cronk

2nd 2nd AD/Wardrobe • Christina Abdo

Camera Operators

Trishul Thejasvi

Hayden Griewe

1st Assistant Camera

Mark Farag

Brandon Richards

Harrison Stagner

Media Manager • Kevin Dawson

Set Photographer • Rod Millington

BTS Videographer • Tyler McCool

Best Boy Electric • Travis McKenzie

Set Dressers

Scott Raybuck

Chloe Larmer

Eddie Cacciola

Production Assistant • Jordan Dixon


Colorist • Jason Bahling

Score Produced and Recorded at • Butter Music and Sound

Musician (Clarinet) • Tom Abbott

Musician (French Horn) • Shelagh Abate

Audio Post House • Mr. Bronx Audio

Re-recording Mixer • David L. Wolfe

Dialogue Editor • Geoff Strasser

Audio Post Producer • Molly Burke

the producers wish to Thank

Stone Castle

Damen Evolve Media

Diane & Luis Fregonese for the use of "Pa-mobile"

Wendy Lipstein

Brian Lorenzo

Claire Monique Scanlon

Rachel Sheeran


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