The Intention behind Happy Valley
By Ron Williams, Director, Producer & Creator
Happy Valley actually started when I was desperately trying to reunite my daughter Maron with her absent mother, Nancy. I have been a single full-time dad/mom for 11 of Maron's 12 years. Maron is the only little girl I have ever known that has played "dress up" and used my cleats as high heels! Nancy fell into addiction when Maron was in infancy.
Recently, upon inquiring on a new treatment for Nancy's addiction, I stumbled into an undercover cop and an addiction therapist. They opened my eyes to a world that, although I knew existed elsewhere, did not expect in Happy Valley... and surely, I did not know it was to this extent. There are serious addiction issues in Happy Valley. The greater problem, in my opinion, is the denial of these addiction issues.
Granted, there are countless reasons that I choose to live here, yet I have quickly discovered that it is not popular to take a stand here for anything out of the norm. In general, one could say that Utah lacks individualism. Maybe this explains why we are such prescription pill-poppers. I have to think that wherever there is a situation where too many people of any one religion all live in one cul-de-sac, realism is slowly replaced with idealism and a need for conformity. Perhaps this could explain why Utah currently has double the national average in anti-depressants.
|While making this movie, I got to recognize and observe the difference between guilt and shame. My experience is that shame inspires while guilt kills. There seems to be an abundance of guilt in Happy Valley. It's like we are suffocating ourselves through some cultural manifestation. "Everyone put on a happy face!" All is well.
This movie is not intended to take a shot at any specific religion, rather it should raise several unanswered questions. For instance, what price are we really paying to fund pharmaceutical companies? Why are we the sickest generation of Americans ever if we have more patents and drugs than ever before? Do pharmaceutical companies design business models to prey on the sick? We, the people, continue to nobly fund profits for multi-trillion dollar corporations instead of appropriately investing in our health. Why? Maybe for the same reason that what we spend on weight loss in the US alone is approximately double what it would take to feed the world's hungry annually. In the end, there is definitely a disturbing blur between pharmaceuticals and street drugs. The bottom line is that each of us should raise the bar on responsibility and accountability of lifestyle choices.
Happy Valley will inspire the world. The intention of this documentary is to prevent, educate, inspire and transform people to a better place than where they are - no matter their society or culture. We most likely could have filmed something similar in any North American community. Yet the empowering message of this documentary is that nothing is more real than in our own backyards. Everyone 13 years and older should experience the unconditional love, forgiveness and transformation in this movie. Proceeds will continue to go to willing participants for rehabilitation. We are committed to our rehabilitation waiting list, and if you are willing and would like to be added please send us an email at email@example.com.
Personally, I burn with the desire to make a difference in this world. This whole experience has been one miracle after another. Outrageous!
By the way, yesterday, Maron spent an entire Saturday with her sober mother. I must say this event alone was worth everything I put into making this documentary.
Pass it on... and bring tissue.