The Happiness Machine

Premiered October 2019

Carl Horton Hays grew up a sharecropper on 22 acres in rural Iowa, which he now calls The Promised Land. A philosopher, inventor and farmer, he shares the deeply intricate workings of his projects, including a full span bridge he built with his hands, how they are connected to the land which was given to him as a promise, and what he hopes to pass on to his children as a “gift of place.”

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About the Show

This short documentary is an allegorical companion to the Ray Bradbury short story of the same title from his collection "Dandelion Wine." It introduces us to Carl Horton Hays, an agrarian philosopher and inventor. Hays lives on 22 acres in Dallas County, Iowa, the same land he grew up on as a child, which his family farmed as sharecroppers during the Great Depression.

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