JetBlue Made a 16-Minute Film About Being Too Busy, Which You May Be Too Busy to Watch

But it's surprisingly fun

If you think your life is too busy, talk to the guy who's working eight jobs.

JetBlue and Mullen Lowe are out with "HumanKinda," a new campaign that pokes fun at high-demand modern lives. Comedian Sam Richardson, perhaps best known for his role on HBO's Veep, plays host in a 16-minute film, directed by Bianca Giaever, about how little time people have for anything these days (like watching a 16-minute film. Get it?).

Here's the trailer:

And here's the full 16-minute film:

Richardson does a great job of keeping the piece moving along at a clip—JetBlue's sales pitch, about slowing down and taking some vacation, is present but takes a back seat to his lighthearted exploration of what's making people so high strung, what they're missing as a result, and what he can do to help.

One study subject is Ryan, a guy who has more than half a dozen part-time gigs. Ultimately, he gets a chance to spend a day doing nothing with James Ward, founder of the Boring Conference (yes, it's a real thing), as well as enjoying a personalized dating show, so he can get back in that game. Another subject, Jennifer, is a working mom who gets a trip to a breathing specialist, and a little time relaxing with a needlepoint group in Florida. (Choice moments include when Richardson makes lunch for her daughter, so she won't have to—suffice it to say, he's a better jokester than chef.)

In the end, it's an entertaining and reasonably persuasive argument. Anyone working in the modern economy can relate. And while there's no shortage of travel and hospitality ads trying to convince you to take that vacation, watching Richardson start to deflate some of the more common excuses makes it easier to imagine the possibility of getting away than just seeing beauty shots of—or trying to imagine yourself in—exotic places.

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The title itself, "HumanKinda," recalls Airbnb's "Is Mankind?" but absent the tedious philosophizing, in favor of a nice little insight wrapped up in a pun. That is to say, JetBlue's work is intentionally rather than accidentally funny.

Then again, who has time for things that are funny?


Client: JetBlue Airways

Campaign: HumanKinda

Agency: Mullen Lowe

Production Company: m ss ng p eces

Sound: One Thousand Birds

Agency: Mullen Lowe


Managing Partner, Chief Creative Officer: Mark Wenneker

Executive Creative Director/Art: Tim Vaccarino

Executive Creative Director/Copy: Dave Weist

Associate Creative Director: Lisa Mathisen

Associate Creative Director: Nick Mathisen

Associate Creative Director/Technologist: Joe Palasek

Senior Creative Technologist, Dev/Ops: Stefan Harris

Senior Creative Technologist: Justin Bogan

Senior Creative Technologist: Brian Wilkinson

Senior Experience Designer: Charlene McBride

Motion Designer: Jennifer McMahon

Designer: Alyssa Cavanaugh

Junior Digital Designer: Lauren Schroeter

Junior Copywriter: Macie Soler-Sala

Creative Technologist, Co-Op: Brittany Chiang


SVP, Executive Director of Integrated Production: Liza Near

SVP, Director of Broadcast Production: Zeke Bowman

VP, Director of Art Production: Tracy Maidment

VP, Digital Studio Manager: Steve Haroutunian

VP, Senior Video Editor: Jess Phearsome

VP, Director of Business Affairs: Kim Burns

Business Affairs: Kara Estow

Integrated Producer: Matt Polski

Group Head Producer: Kim Bennett

Production Supervisor: Kristine Ring-Janicki

Executive Producer, Curator of Art/Design: Shawn Smith

Senior Art Producer: Jessica Manning

Senior Content Producer: Aubrey Hayden

Senior Content Artist: Nick Bleil

Senior QA Engineer: Joe Dury

Senior Production Artist: Julie Sforza

Content Producer: Eric Skvirsky

Senior Editor: Rob Apse

Assistant Editor and Videographer: Jake Stafford

Digital Producer: Laura Fronius

Account Service

SVP, Group Account Director: Drayton Martin

VP, Account Director: Meredith Frisco

Account Supervisor: Molly Bluhm

Senior Account Executive: Vishal Chandawarkar

Assistant Account Executive: Kristen Fougere


SVP, Director of Strategy: Lance Koenig

Strategic Planning Director: Ellie Gogan-Tilstone

Senior Brand Strategist: Sloane Beaver


Executive Director, MediaHub Boston: Keith Lusby

SVP, Group Digital Director: Jade Watts

VP, Associate Digital Media Director: Rachel Allen

Digital Media Supervisor: Shoshana Levine


SVP, Account Director, PR: Jaclyn Ruelle

Account Director, PR: Megan Oxland

Account Supervisor, PR: Becky Brand

Senior Account Executive, PR: Brittany Topham

Assistant Account Executive, PR: Kelsey Labrot

Production Company: m ss ng p eces

Director: Bianca Giaever

Writer: Bianca Giaever

Writer: Ben Orbison

Executive Producer/Founder: Ari Kuschnir

Executive Producer/Partner: Kate Oppenheim

Executive Producer/Partner: Brian Latt

Head of Production: Dave Saltzman

Producer: Tory Lenosky

Director of Photography: Ryan Dickie

Production Manager: Nikkia Moulterie

Additional Production Managers:

Lisa Richardson

Liz Barcia

Production Coordinator: Florence Friebe

Art Director: Angela Barrow

Production Sound Mixer: Juan Bertran

Post Producer: Cynthia Angel


Debbie McMurtrey

Kelly Brickner

Catherine Gionfriddo

Jeremiah Shuff

Assistant Editors:

Will Kanellos

Alex Abrahams

Dustin Waldman

Samantha Ommen

Michael Kefeyalew


Jordan Bruner

Alex Krokus

Colorist: Shawn King


Alex Abrahams

Will Kanellos

Sound: One Thousand Birds

Mixer: Andrew Tracy

Audio Post Producer: Kira MacKnight


Host: Sam Richardson

Test Subject: Jennifer Kitchin

Test Subject: Ryan James Butler

Founder of Boring Conference: James Ward

Guy Who Throws Phone in River: Arvind Dilawar

Hypnotherapist: Shauna Cummins

Clinical Psychologist/Breathing Expert: Dr. Belisa Vranich

Sociologist, Ph.D.: Dr. Christine Carter

Retired Woman: Sheila Yerusalim

Client: JetBlue


EVP, Commercial and Planning: Marty St. George

VP, Brand & Product Development: Jamie Perry

Manager, Advertising: Phillip Ma

Analyst, Advertising: Jamie Lawson

Analyst, Brand: Chan Tran


Manager, Consumer Promotions and Regional Marketing: Tara Carson

Senior Analyst, Consumer Promotions: Sean Williams

Analyst, Consumer Promotions: Jaclyn Costantino

Corporate Communications

VP, Corporate Communications: Nancy Elder

Director, Corporate Communications: Doug McGraw

Manager, Corporate Communications: Morgan Johnston


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