BEGINNINGS celebrates creative individuals based in New York and Paris, and explores their early inspirations. The subjects are: actress/musician Charlotte Gainsbourg, shoe designer Christian Louboutin, perfume editor Frederic Malle, film director and cartoonist Marjane Satrapi, bookseller of Shakespeare and Company, Sylvia Whitman, chef Dan Barber, choreographer Carmen De Lavallade, fashion designer Carolina Herrera, artist Yoko Ono, photographer Mario Sorrenti, artist Mickalene Thomas, and designer Massimo Vignelli.
Each short film delves into early memories. Objects and ephemera such as a photograph, a piece of music or a childhood trip reveal both the inner workings of the creative process and the impact of each person's experience on their art. The dynamic films include interviews, music and archival footage. BEGINNINGS is directed by Chiara Clemente and produced by Tanya Selvaratnam for Di San Luca Films.