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