Happiest Season Is The Second Film From Co-Writer/Director Clea DuVall, Who Also Stars
Happiest Season serves as the sophomore feature from co-writer/director Clea DuVall. Better known as an actress, notably for her roles in But I’m A Cheerleader, Girl, Interrupted, The Faculty, Veep, The Handmaid’s Tale, American Horror Story, Heroes, Zodiac, Can’t Hardly Wait, The Grudge (2004), and Argo, to name a few, DuVall made her feature screenwriting and directorial debut with 2016’s overlooked, underrated indie hangout dramedy, The Intervention. Though it owes a lot to movies like The Big Chill, DuVall proved herself to be an assured actor’s directors, particularly with a starry cast that included Natasha Lyonne, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat, Cobie Smulders, and DuVall herself.
Likewise, Happiest Season has an exceptionally high-profile ensemble, which we’ll discuss momentarily. It should be noted, too, that, in addition to her behind-the-scenes duties, DuVall also plays the part of Georgia in her latest film.