Chiara Clemente / Mercedes-Benz / Sundance Channel / “Beginnings: Paris”

Marjane Satrapi

Sylvia Whitman

Christian Louboutin

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Frédéric Malle

Benno Graziani

Chiara Clemente’s latest series of short documentaries focuses on the beginning of a creative career when everything seems hopeful and possible. The aptly named “Beginnings: Paris,” delves into the creative process and inspirations of five Parisians, including actress-musician Charlotte Gainsbourg, shoe designer Christian Louboutin, perfumer Frédéric Malle, film director and cartoonist Marjane Satrapi, and bookseller of Shakespeare & Co., Sylvia Whitman.

The style of the micro-documentaries is the same. The big names of our time use photos, songs and memories to tell about themselves and answer the most important question of all: how did it all start for them?

Chiara Clemente’s curiosity about the early lives of creative talents began in her own youth as she tiptoed around the paintings in the studio of her father, the artist Francesco Clemente. But instead of paints and canvas, the director decided that she is “a storyteller whose medium is film. “I do documentaries, but I say I do portraits.”