Funded! This project was successfully funded on March 3, 2012.


The new feature film from D.W. Young starring Khan Baykal, Aya Cash and Marceline Hugot.


We need your help to finish our film!

THE HAPPY HOUSE is a feature length dark comedy written and directed by D.W. Young and starring Khan BaykalAya Cash and Marceline Hugot.  We shot this film with a super talented cast and crew in upstate New York in September, 2011.  What we need now, like many an indie film made with a lot of love and sacrifice but the barest of budgets, is a little push to get us to our goal of a memorable cinematic experience.

Right now we have a locked edit of the film that we're very excited about. What remains is to put it in the final polished state that will let the film reach its full potential. That's where you come in. We're raising funds for the sound mix, one of the most critical but also expensive steps in the post-production process. A film isn't really a film until it sounds like one.  Funds will also go towards HDCam exhibition copies for screenings at major film festivals. 

We're asking our supporters for funds, but we also want you to feel like you're part of the project and helping to bring a truly independent film alive. 

We sincerely appreciate any contribution you can give.

About the film

The Story:A young Brooklyn couple whose relationship is on the rocks heads upstate to a remote B&B to work things out. The plan is ill conceived from the start. Arriving at The Happy House, they soon begin to suspect they’ve wandered into a real life horror movie. From there events go from weird to terrifying as they contend with the house's batty owner, her imposing son, a moody Swedish lepidopterist, a pedantic English professor, an extraordinarily rare butterfly, the world's best blueberry muffins, a .44 Magnum, a demented serial killer, and one very strict rulebook.

The Director:D.W. Young's most recent film, the short NOT INTERESTED, premiered at SXSW in 2010 before going on to screen at many other festivals including Sarasota, Vancouver, LA Shorts, Cleveland, and Maryland. D.W. made his directorial debut with the award-winning documentary A HOLE IN A FENCE (First Run Features, 2008).

How you can help

We're raising funds to pay for the crucial last steps necessary to complete our film- the final sound mix and exhibition HDCam dubs. Support the film by becoming a backer and choosing a pledge amount from the list on the right. (Kickstarter works on an “all or nothing” basis: if we reach our goal by March 3, then we receive your contributions. If we don’t, then your credit cards are not charged and we don’t receive anything.)

If you can’t make a pledge to the film, please share this campaign using this link.  Every little bit helps us get closer to the finish line.

With your help we can get this film completed and seen and heard the way it was meant to be.

Thank you for considering our project!
- All of us on THE HAPPY HOUSE team

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    You'll receive an MP3 download of a song from the film's soundtrack from our fantastic composer David Ullmann.

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    The above + a private link to exclusive bonus footage from the film.

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    All of the above + a private link to D.W. Young's documentary short AMI UNDERGROUND, a fascinating look at the subway drawings of NYC artist Ami Plasse and his unique vision of life beneath the streets.

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    All of the above + a DVD copy of D.W. Young's documentary A HOLE IN A FENCE (First Run Features, 2008) which explores a mysterious, hidden corner of Red Hook Brooklyn.

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    All of the above + a "Thank You" in the end credits of the film + the THE HAPPY HOUSE on DVD upon it’s release.

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    All of the above + a copy of THE HAPPY HOUSE poster signed by the director.

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    All the above + a signed limited edition photo book featuring Making-of-THE HAPPY HOUSE photos and stills from the film.

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    All of the above + an Associate Producer credit + 2 tickets to a festival screening (travel and accommodations not included).

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