Documenting Happiness

  • State Senator Fred Mills and his alter ego in TV commercial

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    Documentary filmmakers Nick Kraft and Adam Shell are traveling the country in search of America's happiest people. In Louisiana, they found a live...
  • John Lawson shows off his hook

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    Despite multiple tragedies, John Lawson is one of the most upbeat—and funniest—people we've ever met.
  • An artist sits and contemplates their work

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    When setting out to make a documentary about happiness with Adam Shell, I would not have considered this subject to be controversial. Thought...
Denis and Patty outside their home

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Serendipity and a bakery in Eugene, Oregon, led Adam and Nick to find Denis and Patty Hermecz—a loving, happy couple living outside the mainstream.
State Senator Fred Mills and his alter ego in TV commercial

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Documentary filmmakers Nick Kraft and Adam Shell are traveling the country in search of America's happiest people. In Louisiana, they found a live...
John Lawson shows off his hook

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Despite multiple tragedies, John Lawson is one of the most upbeat—and funniest—people we've ever met.
An artist sits and contemplates their work

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When setting out to make a documentary about happiness with Adam Shell, I would not have considered this subject to be controversial. Thought...
Will Russell

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Will Russell is a co-founder of Lebowski Fest and a shining example of someone who has harnessed the power of the Internet to build his community.
Randy Gilson owner of Randyland

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In the second of three posts about the importance of community , I want to bring you to Randyland , where one man brought the world to his door and...
Milton S. Hershey statue image

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The “Sweetest Place on Earth” seemed like a necessary stop; we figured the chocolate community would be a great place to find happy people.
Welcome to Hershey

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While traveling for this film, we’ve been welcomed into a variety of different types of communities.
Jeaneete, Rachel, Neffertiti

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When Adam and I set out on this quest to find the happiest people in America, we thought interviewing a variety of people from various walks of life...
Sherry talking to Adam

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Nicholas and Adam learn a lesson about doing. How do you deal with the darkness? How do you not collapse under the weight of what the world has given...

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About Documenting Happiness

Documentary filmmakers Adam Shell and Nicholas Kraft are traveling the country to find our nation's happiest people. We all know who the wealthiest, most famous, and worst-behaved people in the country are but what about the happiest people? Who are they? Who is the Bill Gates of happiness? The Johnny Depp of joy? They are going to find those people and celebrate them, all while filming the experience to share with audiences in this feature-length documentary.