The Happy Film
USA, Feature Documentary, 2016, 95 min
“Graphically inventive and visually playful.” TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
“Moves you to reexamine your own pursuit of happiness.” INDIEWIRE
Grammy Award-winning graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister is doing well. He’s wealthy, successful and has a cool apartment in New York, the city of his dreams…but he wasn’t happy. In the back of his mind he suspected there must be something more. Can he redesign his personality to become a better person? Is it possible to train his mind to get happier? He meticulously pursues three controlled experiments—meditation, cognitive therapy and drugs, grading himself along the way. Finally, after five years, he is astounded to find a therapy that actually works and makes him happier than he has ever been in his life. Unfortunately, as events unfold, the new therapy has made him too happy for his own good.
Directed by Stefan Sagmeister, Ben Nabors and Hillman Curtis