Happy Birthday

Directed by
Yen Tan

Produced by
Mark Buchanan

Written by
Yen Tan

Music by
Steve Whitehouse

Jack Burroughs

Edited by
Jay Wesson

Release date

2002 (2002)

Running time

70 minutes

United States


Happy Birthday is a 2002 film by Yen Tan, his debut long feature film, starring Benjamin Patrick, Michelle E. Michael and John Frazier.


1 Synopsis
2 Cast
3 Awards
4 External links

The film recounts two days in the lives of five very different characters all born on July 12, that are faced with problems as their birthday approaches. Jim (Benjamin Patrick), a gay, overweight telemarketer working for a weight loss program is facing self-esteem issues, whereas Ron (John Frazier), a church minister who preaches about conversion but himself is addicted to watching gay porn, and Javed (Devashish Saxena), a Pakistani lives in the U.S. with a gay porn actor but is faced by the double dilemma of being condemned by his Muslim family and is in imminent danger of being deported from the States.
Meanwhile Kelly (Michelle E. Michael), a young lesbian weathers a breakup with her lover and considers an earlier affair and Tracy (Ethel Lung), an Asian lesbian, goes back in the closet when her mother renders a visit.

Benjamin Patrick as Jim
Michelle E. Michael as Kelly
John Frazier as Ron
Devashish Saxena as Javed
Ethel Lung as Tracy
Denton Blane Everett as Greg
Xiao Fei Zhao as Mom
Lynn Chambers as Julie
Derik Webb as Troy
Chip Gilliam as Brian
Natalie Thrash as Tricia
Debbie Rey as Sophia
Ryan Harper as Ricky
James M. Johnston as Porn director
David Lowery as Videographer


In 2002, won the Jury Prize for “Best Feature – Gay Male” at the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
In 2002, director Yen Tan won New Directors Showcase – Bets Feature award for Happy Birthday at the Portland LGBT Film Festival
Also earned an honorable mention at Image+Nation in Montreal

External links[edit]

Happy Birthday website
Happy Birthday at the Internet Movie Database