Pursuing HappinessSaturday, January 14, 2017 @ 7 p.m.
*This event is SOLD OUT! Tickets still available for our Sunday screening.
Pittsburgh’s very own Randy Gilson (of Randyland) is in a film! Join us for a screening of Pursuing Happiness, a documentary featuring one of our favorite Northside neighbors.
City of Asylum is donating $10 to Randyland for everyone who attends this event!
Happiness. It is one of our greatest desires. But what is happiness in the first place? How exactly do we achieve it? And when we do, how do we hold on to it. In a country that grants its citizens the right to pursue happiness, surprisingly America is not among the happiest countries in the world. Why is happiness so illusive? What are we doing wrong?
Join the journey and discover the secrets to living a truly happy life as two film-makers travel the country in search of the happiest people in America. Be ready to laugh and cry as they uncover real-life heartfelt stories from the most compelling characters. A young woman battling stage 4 colon cancer, a single dad who lost both of his arms, an impoverished painter single-handedly revitalizing his condemned neighborhood, and two vigilante artists fighting to save their bankrupt city.
These are among the happiest people in America.
Pursuing Happiness compares and contrasts these amazing stories with findings and teachings of some of the leading researchers on the subject of happiness.
If you’re ever strolling down Arch Avenue on the Northside, you’ll be hard pressed to miss it, Randy Gilson‘s whimsical looking home with a 40 ft high mural of brilliantly colored ladybugs, butterflies, dinosaurs and more. It’s Randyland, and it all started a little over 30 years ago when he moved into the neighborhood.
He dipped into his savings from his job as a waiter and started cleaning up the neighborhood, starting with the litter and planting hundreds of mini gardens. With one thousand dollars, he bought whiskey barrels and put them in front of all the empty houses with shrubbery and flowers, and that’s when the magic started to happen!
In 1995, he purchased this dilapidated, abandoned building with a credit card and began turning it into an expression of art, which was later dubbed by a friend, “Randyland.”