Happy New Year is a bold, new feature film about a group of brave veterans who find friendship while fighting to redefine their lives as they struggle to overcome PTS/PTSD.
The film, which amazed audiences and critics at the South by Southwest and Hamptons Int’l Film Festivals, tells the story of a war-torn Marine, Staff Sgt. Cole Lewis, who returns home scarred with mental and physical wounds from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lewis begins to find humanity, compassion and friendship among a group of similarly injured soldiers in the psychiatric ward at a remote veterans hospital– survivors of World War II, Vietnam, and recent conflicts in the Middle East. As the men become Lewis’ new family, Lewis becomes a ray of hope in the ward and together the men begin to heal. But just as their luck starts to change, Lewis faces his fiercest battle yet.
A searing portrait of the human costs of war by breakout writer-director K. Lorrel Manning and starring Michael Cuomo as Lewis, Happy New Year began as a sold-out Off-Broadway play and short film, inspired by more than 80 hours of personal interviews and countless hours of research the filmmakers completed with veterans, their families, and V.A. caregivers.
After a very successful New York theatrical run, we are pleased to announce the upcoming home entertainment release of HAPPY NEW YEAR via SnagFilms, beginning with cable-on-demand and broadband digital platforms on 05/14, with DVD and subscription – based streaming options later this summer. The film will be available for cable-on-demand purchase for all Comcast and Verizon Fios subscribers on 05/14 (120 million homes), with other providers being added later this year. The film will also be available on various digital platforms which include: iTunes, Amazon, Google, Xbox and Vudu. Stay tuned for news regarding with DVD (w/special features) release, coming later this summer.