The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts at the Osher Marin JCC is Proud to Invite the Community to Re-view & Review the Documentary Film: HAPPY

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Almost 2 years after their original screening, “HAPPY” the movie, returns to the Osher Marin JCC as a gentle reminder to find happiness in everyday life, regardless of difficult times.

"I love this movie" Ellen DeGeneres

What really makes people happy?
Explore this often elusive emotion with the film screening of HAPPY, the movie by Academy Award Nominated and Sundance-Audience Award-Winning director Roko Belic. Combining powerful interviews with leading scientists who research happiness and real life stories from ordinary and extraordinary people across 14 countries (such as Robert Diener, Matthieu Ricard, the Dalai Lama), HAPPY unravels the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

Following the screening, audience members are invited to a community discussion led by special guest Michael Pritchard, award-winning advocate and keynote speaker who has worked with children and teenagers nationwide to promote healthy attitudes, kindness and non-violence Michael and his work is also featured in the movie. Nita Gage, co-Founder at the Neuroimaginal Institute PhD and author of "Healer Within" joins us, as well as representatives from the board of local teen agency Beyond Differences, Bread & Roses, and other community members, contributing to the community discussion.

What To Expect:
An uplifting, inspiring and informative film regarding Happiness
Followed by community discussion
General Admission- First Come First Served
Concessions include beer/wine/snacks

All are invited. (Due to emotional nature of this film, which also explores emotions such as sorrow and grief, recommended for children 12+.)
Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
General Admission. $10- Adv. / $12- Day of / $5- Under 18
Hoytt Theater at Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael
Purchase Tickets in advance/at the Center for best pricing
Typically plenty of space, but give yourself time for parking

Movie Trailer:


MICHAEL PRITCHARD is a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker praised by the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Time for his ability to use humor to inspire and educate his audiences on communication skills. Michael Pritchard is a big guy with a warm heart who as one student described him, “truly walks as he talks.” He began his career on both the comedy stage and as a juvenile counselor in San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center. In 1980, Michael Pritchard won first place in the San Francisco International Stand Up Comedy Competition as well as winning the prestigious California Probation Officer of the Year. Learn more about Pritchard at

NITA GAGE, Co-Founder at the Neuroimaginal Institute, PhD CSAC, author and leader of "Healer Within" retreats. Nita helps women from all walks of life find their inner voice and make changes that bring joy and peace to their lives. Nita also finds inspiration from her partner in changing the way mediCne and healing is approached by both the patient and the physician.

BEYOND DIFFERENCES is dedicated to ending social isolation among students in middle school. We believe that all teens should feel included, valued and accepted by their peers. Our organization trains and empowers teens to lead the movement to create an inclusive middle school culture, and involves families, teachers and community leaders in support of their efforts.

Epitomizing the essence of Marin, with a range of authentic cultural experiences enjoyed by many generations, the Osher Marin JCC offers award-winning facilities, including The Kanbar Center, which has established a strong and well respected reputation within the community as a Center for the Performing Arts in Marin County. Originally known as CenterStage, this performing arts department within the Osher Marin JCC has been presenting a stunning lineup of world-class performances from emerging and established performers annually since 1990. Venues include the grand Hoytt Theater, the intimate Kurland Lounge and outdoor venue, Swig Field. Performances offer concessions including cocktails for those 21+ We invite all to come early, get to know each other and celebrate with us.

Kanbar Center Upcoming Events
2/16- Murphy Productions & Fabulous 4 present: DAVID LINDLEY
2/23- THE HOUSE JACKS Music without instruments from a pioneering a capella rock band
3/2- The Colors of India featuring DHOLRHYTHMS OF NON-STOP BHANGRA – Performance & Dance Party.

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