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The Happy Film is a documentary in which designer Stefan Sagmeister conducts a series of self-experiments to test his happiness.
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Hillman Curtis

Dear Contributors to The Happy Film,

Many of you will have heard the very sad news: Hillman Curtis, our wonderful friend and co-director, passed away. He was a fantastic man, a wonderful creative and a true friend. We will miss him like crazy. 

His work, direction and passion was an integral part of our film, both as a director and as an editor. Before he left us, we were all very aware of the contradictions created by the fact that the illness would afford him only a very limited time to stay with us and simultaneously being tightly involved with The Happy Film. 

He wanted to work on The Happy Film. Even when he was very sick, he really wanted to stay involved in it.  When his goal was to just be alive this summer, even then he did not want to sit on a beach somewhere; he preferred to edit one more sequence. He feared complacency. He thought it important to constantly question the work, stay involved and stay engaged. He never became cynical. He remained humble. He was quiet and careful and thoughtful about the work.

There are a lot of words that come to mind when describing Hillman. And of course, in the world we partly live in, in the branding world, we always made fun of briefs containing a whole list of brand attributes that the website or the logo or whatever was supposed to communicate. If we'd have to design a logo for Hillman, and could only use one word to describe him, it would be "gentle".

Hillman was a gentle man.

We will continue to work on this film.

Many warm greetings,

Stefan Sagmeister, Ben Nabors & Ben Wolf 

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    1. Creator Corey Baudinette on May 24, 2012

      Wow, I'm floored by this news. A great inspiration to me over many, many years. I hope to make the NY event to celebrate DHC's beautiful work and life.

    2. Creator Barb Paulini on May 24, 2012

      There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct.There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world though they are no longer among the living.
      My sympathies - our loss.