On Saturday, Sam Levinson won the Sundance Film Festival's Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for his directorial debut, a dysfunctional family dramedy called “Another Happy Day.” According to the Salt Lake Tribune, he also won the biggest laugh at awards night. Sean P. Means reported that the 25-year-old filmmaker said, “When I introduced my film, I cried, so I don’t know what the [expletive deleted] is going to happen now.”
Ellen Barkin heads the cast of "Another Happy Day" in what critics have called a career-reviving role. Thirty years ago she delivered her breakthrough performance in the directorial debut of Sam Levinson's father, Barry -- a gem called "Diner."
Photo of Sam Levinson by Danny Moloshok