the happy film


Grammy Award-winning graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister turns science on himself to determine if a person can influence their own happiness. Under the supervision of experts, he pursues 3 controlled trials of Meditation, Therapy, and Drugs, grading himself along the way. But real life creeps in and confounds the process: art, death, sex, friendship, and love prove to be impossible to disentangle. By becoming the subject of a film at once so soaring and mundane, Sagmeister's journey gives the rare opportunity to see our most basic human preoccupations in sharp focus and high relief– the questions many of us yearn to answer. His visually unique designs and aesthetic philosophies mark a journey that travels closer to himself than ever intended.

Watch the film on iTunes here.

A wild and unsettling pursuit of bliss.
— WIRED Magazine
Entertaining to its core… Universally compelling”
— Film Journal
The real star of the film is the design… It’s inventive and creative and delightful.
— Reel News Daily
Personal, thoughtful, and visually arresting.
— Scientific American
Transcendent. An Atom Bomb!
— Steven Heller via Design Matters


Tribeca Film Festival (World Premiere), Hot Docs Film Festival (International Premiere), Sheffield DocFest (European Premiere), Docaviv, Telluride MountainFilm, Aspen MountainSummit, Camden International Film Festival, Architecture & Design Film Festival, Design Film Festival Singapore, Minneapolis St. Paul Film Festival, Leeds Film Festival, etc.

Directed by Stefan Sagmeister, Ben Nabors, Hillman Curtis
Produced by Ben Nabors
Cinematography by Ben Wolf
Edited by Sam Citron, Akiko Iwakawa-Grieve
Music By Colin Huebert & Matt Abeysekera
A So So Production

Complete credits at IMDB.