MFA Design Department faculty member Stefan Sagmeister was featured in Core77 recently for a screening event at the SVA Theatre, where he showed an excerpt from his upcoming documentary The Happy Film. Still in progress, the movie seeks to explore whether or not an individual can train oneself to be happy, and follows the esteemed designer on his quest to achieve an elevated state of being through experiments with cognitive therapy, meditation, and drugs.
During the discussion portion of the event, Sagmeister explained, “I wanted to make a film about happiness, but it was too vague. So I wanted to make a film about my own happiness, something that I was very close to,” reports Core77.
The Happy Film, which Sagmeister is co-directing with renowned Web designer, author and filmmaker Hillman Curtis, also features the designer trying—and failing—to solicit dates from female strangers in a busy public market. But so far during the filming, Sagmeister has been able to find something that does make him happy: “A careful selection of 12 songs, a moped on a small winding road in Bali, and the wind flowing through my hair. This always sends the chills through me,” he said.