Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy Poet DVD Giveaway!

Isn't it every vegan's dream to operate a successful food cart? I mean, I love my job. But if I could somehow find a way to never sleep and do it all, I'd love to run a food cart too. No overheard. Flexibility. And yet all the fun of cooking and selling your creations.

That's Bill's dream in the newly released indie film The Happy Poet. With the meager help of a teensy bank loan (due to his poor credit), Bill pours his heart into a fledgling organic, vegetarian food cart business. He secures an old hot dog cart from a crazy, somewhat violent former hot dog vendor. Bill lovingly crafts eggless egg salad sandwiches and hummus wraps in his kitchen, loads up the stand, and sets up shop in a park.

His first day is hell. Nobody buys a thing, and one man even tosses a free "sample" eggless egg salad sandwich into the trash while in Bill's eyeshot. But eventually, Bill makes some crazy new friends, and his dream starts to become reality — but not without a few challenges. You'll have to see the film for yourself to find out what happens.

I loved this film. Bill is played by indie actor Paul Gordon (also the film's writer and director), known for his signature deadpan humor. Bill's idealism and steadfastness is admirable, even if his character is a little frustratingly kindhearted. Not only does The Happy Poet encourage us to follow our dreams, but it also teaches a few life lessons about balancing kindness with self-preservation.


Now here's where you come in: The film has just been released on DVD by Cinema Libre Studio. And they want to do a The Happy Poet DVD giveaway for Vegan Crunk readers!

For one entry, leave a comment on this post about your vegan dream. Please leave your email address in the comment if your Blogger commenting profile is anonymous or doesn't connect to a profile page with contact info.

Then you can earn additional entries by doing the following. Don't worry! You only have to comment once for one entry. But if you'd like more chances to win, you can:

1) Tweet about the giveaway and tag @biancaphillips. Leave me a comment here to let me know you tweeted.
2). Post a link to the giveaway on Facebook. Leave me a comment here to let me know you did.

I'll randomly select a winner on Tuesday evening. Good luck!

23 comments:

Roxanne Rossbach said...

Would love to win a copy of The Happy Poet! Just tweeted about the giveaway...now to head over to facebook too :)

Roxanne Rossbach said...

Whoo-hoo, shared it on facebook too. Tagged Vegan Crunk, posted a link and even hashtagged you! Good to go.

Kyleigh said...

This film sounds awesome, would love to win a copy of it.

My vegan dream is to own and run a vegan, holistic wellness center.

Jan Scholl said...

I have never dreamt about food. I have the most detailed nightmares that I am sure I would be rich if I could sell the screenplays.

Shannon said...

I'd love to have the patience to make a whole aged vegan cheese plate, homemade.

Robin said...

Sounds like a great movie!

My dream would be to open an all-vegan store. I love the concept, but there aren't any near me. I could do that!

Dana said...

I would love to have a simple, inexpensive vegan restaurant that was accessible to all types of people. i think people in my area think vegan food is strange, but they don't realize how many dishes they eat are already vegan.

Dana said...

posted to facebook too!

Megaera said...

I'd love to have a small vegan bakery/eatery. Mainly buy and take but with a very small area for people to sit and people watch and eat.

Megaera said...

And shared on facebook. Don't have the first clue how to share it on twitter, though.

Abbie Tumbleson said...

I love being a journalist and a writer, but I'd love to have a small café/coffee shop/bookstore/art space somewhere that sells vegan food and baked goods and has an excellent selection of books. It could be a place for local artists to hang their work, an intimate environment for an acoustic set or an escape where you can get a delicious chocolate chip cookie the size of your face and a really good cup of coffee. Maybe someday somewhere! Traveling and writing about vegan places around the country and internationally wouldn't be so bad either!

Abbie Tumbleson said...

my e-mail address for follow-up: veganinthemiddleofnowhere@gmail.com

Abbie Tumbleson said...

I tweeted about the giveaway.

Jess said...

I would love to design and create a line of vegan shoes, intimates and coats that are sold in mainstream department stores. Ideally, even non-vegans would buy the items because they'd be in major stores, priced well, and super cute :)

Jess said...

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Claire said...

My dream is to work directly with people who want (or medically need) to follow a plant-based lifestyle, but aren't sure how to make the change. I guess this would be called nutrition consulting? But I'm less interested in caloric intake and dietary restrictions that traditional nutritionists focus on, and way MORE interested in taking a holistic approach.

Also, I just scheduled a post about the giveaway on my facebook page; it'll pop up tomorrow!
(https://www.facebook.com/EatWellPartyHard)

Meg Travis-Carr said...

My vegan dream is to somehow create a marriage between childhood education and animal welfare. Children are so open to new knowledge yet so easily corrupted by society that I think it's important to present a compassionate way of living at a very early age.

Even if I don't win the give-away, I'm still checking out this movie :)

Connie said...

Hi! My vegan dream would be to have a small store full of local vegan products from food to clothes. I would like to help out local businesses/companies with their product. Thank you for a excellent giveaway! :)

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Liz said...

Sometimes I think I just want to quit my job and work on an organic farm. It'd also be nice if there were a few animals around, but just for companionship - no eating!

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Cadry said...

Sounds like a cool flick! I'd like to write a vegan lifestyle book.

anthony chattley said...

I would love to open up a vegan cafe/market. This would be strictly vegan and organic. I would also have yoga and exercise classes in tandem :). Tony255@Sol.com

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