In Happy Life, Keith (Onion News Network‘s Tom McCaffrey) is a 35-year-old DJ and record store owner obsessed with ’90s techno. Recipe for success, right? His life is in the dumps as his record store is fledgling, new hipsters repeatedly scoff at him, and he’s fired from his gig spinning tunes at a high-class tapas bar. His singular drive and obsession leads him to throw one big rave to raise enough funds to save his store, but will it be enough? The premise sounds plenty like clichéd feel-good nonsense, but first-time writer/director Michael Bilandic’s film is bleak and beautiful, exploring both the hopelessness and integrity of obsession. Happy Life screens at Trylon tonight as part of the Sound Unseen series. Bilandic and producer Spencer Kiernan (“Stuck Between Stations”) will be present at the screening. 7 p.m. $8.
Trylon microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls., 612-424-5468, take-up.org