Adam Shell

  • Adam Shell, Nick Kraft and friends on the road in America
    Nearly three and a half years ago, documentary filmmaker Adam Shell sent a mass email to the 500 or so people in his address book with the subject...
  • John Lawson shows off his hook
    Despite multiple tragedies, John Lawson is one of the most upbeat—and funniest—people we've ever met.
  • Adam Shell and Nicholas Kraft in Valencia, CA

    Courtesy of Adam Shell and Nicholas Kraft

    Two young documentary filmmakers are scouring the country to find America's happiest people.
  • Will Russell
    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
    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...
Adam Shell, Nick Kraft and friends on the road in America

"Pursuing Happiness" Makes Its Debut

Nearly three and a half years ago, documentary filmmaker Adam Shell sent a mass email to the 500 or so people in his address book with the subject...
Denis and Patty outside their home

When Denis Met Patty

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.
John Lawson shows off his hook

Keep Thriving

Despite multiple tragedies, John Lawson is one of the most upbeat—and funniest—people we've ever met.
Adam Shell and Nicholas Kraft in Valencia, CA

Courtesy of Adam Shell and Nicholas Kraft

Happy Trails

Community

Two young documentary filmmakers are scouring the country to find America's happiest people.
Will Russell

Lebowski Fest: the Dude Definitely Abides

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

The Randyland Community

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

Happiness is Chocolate?

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

Community

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

The People of Detroit Rise from the Ashes

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

Altering the Trajectory of Your Day

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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