Directed by Stefan Sagmeister, Ben Nabors, and Hillman Curtis
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 95 Minutes World Premiere
New York designer Stefan Sagmeister lives in the city of his dreams, and creates work for the likes of the Rolling Stones and Jay-Z. Business is good, creative juices are flowing, and yet he suspects there must be more to life. Sagmeister takes on the daunting project of changing his personality by trying to figure out the causes of happiness. On the advice of a trusted psychologist Sagmeister experiments with three different approaches: meditation, therapy, and drugs. The Happy Film follows his pursuit, and all that he encounters along the way: joy, ecstasy, heartbreak, change, love, and death. Sagmeister accents his quest with a whimsical panoply of graphics, charts, and proverbs that illustrate his curious and adventurous spirit. The Happy Film is not guaranteed to make you happier, but Sagmeister's journey will surely move you to reexamine your own pursuit of happiness.

—Brian Gordon
Documentary, NY Director(s)
About the Director(s)
NYC-based filmmaker Ben Nabors founded of production studio, Group Theory. His debut film William and the Windmill won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW. Hillman Curtis was a filmmaker, new media designer, author, husband and father. He passed away in April of 2012. Stefan Sagmeister has designed graphics for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones and the Guggenheim Museum. The Happy Film is his first film.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Cinematographer:
    Ben Wolf
  • Producer:
    Ben Nabors
  • Additional Music:
    Matt Abeysekera
  • Graphics By:
    Sagmeister & Walsh, New York
  • Director:
    Stefan Sagmeister, Ben Nabors, Hillman Curtis
  • Editor:
    Sam Citron, Akiko Iwakawa-Grieve
  • Cast:
    Stefan Sagmeister, Jonathan Haidt, Sheenah Hankin, Hillman Curtis, Jessica Walsh, Ben Nabors
  • Composer:
    Colin Huebert (Siskiyou)

  • Print Source
    Ben Nabors
    Group Theory
    Brooklyn, NY 11211
    Phone: 212 786 2126
  • Press Contact
    Adam Segal
    The 2050 Group
    Washington, DC 20004
    Phone: 202 422 4673
  • International Sales Contact
    Zachary Bright
    Preferred Content
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    Phone: 323 782 9193 ext. 502
  • US Sales Contact
    Zachary Bright
    Preferred Content
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    Phone: 323 782 9193 ext. 502