What Happened Was...

Institute History


Actor Tom Noonan makes his directorial debut with What Happened Was..., a skewed vision of a first date, that most universal of experiences, in real time, creating a humorous but sometimes frightening high wire act from his would-be lovers’ awkward pauses, bungled exchanges and desperate attempts at self-examination. Employing a unique workshop development process, Noonan builds the realistic and richly nuanced performances which steadily drive the film to its inexorable conclusion. Winner of the 1994 Sundance Grand Jury Prize as well as the festival’s Waldo Saldo Screenwriting Award.


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