Carving Joy

10 mins


Scott Harrison recounts his story of surviving the Vietnam War and recovering from PTSD as a series of incidents and images, including high school cheerleaders, a music box and mountain meadow, a whale and, ultimately, the shell of an antique Looff carousel that he carted from Utah to his home in Nederland, Colorado. Harrison then taught himself to carve so he could repopulate the carousel with animals that bear no resemblance to traditional carousel horses. The resulting Carousel of Happiness is “a machine that transmits wonder to everyone who rides it,” marvels one of Harrison’s Nederland neighbors.

World Premiere

Production Team

Joe Ventura
Shane Matthews
Shane Matthews
Shane Matthews
Joe Ventura

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Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2020 Mountainfilm Festival.

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Carousel of Happiness

Carousel of Happiness' mission is to inspire happiness, well-being, and service to others through stories and experiences. The Carousel has served the Nederland community and visitors from around the world since 2010, providing almost 1 million rides and inspiring at least that many smiles. We think happiness is important and we believe every smile here turns into countless more beyond our doors.

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