Chiara grew up between Italy, India, and New York. Her love of capturing people can be traced back to a childhood spent in her father’s studio, watching him paint portrait after portrait. Her love of storytelling was passed down to her from her paternal grandfather, whose bedtime stories first inspired her to create her own narratives. At the age of twelve, she asked for a video camera, started filming everything around her, and realized she wanted to tell stories in a visual way.
Chiara’s career has spanned more than a decade as a director and producer in the realm of documentary, short films, series, branded content, and commercials. She has gained a reputation for depicting intimate and revealing moments with people of many backgrounds – from artists, actors, chefs, and designers to millennials making a mark in the world. Thus far, she has interviewed almost two hundred people, and her passion for “the conversation” has become integral to her filmmaking style.
Her critically acclaimed feature documentary, Our City Dreams, premiered at the prestigious Film Forum in New York City, was screened in more than 30 cities worldwide, and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel. Chiara’s experience interacting with audiences of Our City Dreams enhanced her desire to make work that encouraged people to follow their dreams. Shortly afterwards, she created the Webby Award winning film series Beginnings as well as four seasons of MADE HERE featuring performers such as Bill T. Jones, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Cherry Jones. She has collaborated with many brands including Apple, Cotton, Levis, Mercedes-Benz, and Persol.
Most recently Chiara has directed films for Christy Turlington’s foundation Every Mother Counts and Screen Stories, a film inspired by Letters to Andy Warhol that has been part of a world wide traveling exhibition. Her most recent collaboration has been with Artsy on the series Broken Glass: Women in Arts and Tech and the importance of mentorship.Today she is based in New York.
Her client include: Persol, Max Mara, Baccarat, Apple, Cotton, Levi’s, Mercedes-Benz among many others.
Her work has been featured in: The New York Times, The New Yorker, Elle, Another Magazine, Paper Magazine, Variety, Vogue, V Magazine, Interview magazine, Harpper’s Bazaar, Nowness.
You may visit Chiara’s website by clicking on the following link: http://chiaraclemente.com
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.”
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BEGINNINGS is a series of short films celebrating creative individuals and their early inspirations in New York City.
“The city in “Our City Dreams” is New York, serving as home base for the five powerhouse femme artists profiled in Chiara Clemente’s exquisitely crafted docu. Chiara Clemente chooses renowned, wildly eclectic creators who span the spectrum in age, provenance and medium, connected to the city through a complex, ever-changing dialectic. Combining formats and textures with a hypnotic, shape-shifting score, pic itself quite simply ranks as a work of art.”” (Variety)
New York City offers inspiration and haven to five female artists in “Our City Dreams,” a lyrical documentary about the intersection of location and imagination.
“I did art because I didn’t want to die,” says the restless painter Ghada Amer, who responds to the repressive culture of her native Egypt with vast embroidered canvases celebrating nakedly intertwined female figures. Less erotic but equally confrontational are the arresting woodcuts of Swoon, whose expressive, full-size portraits of street people are cut laboriously from plywood on the floor of her tiny apartment.
Allotting scrupulously equal time to each of her subjects, the director, Chiara Clemente, makes smooth transitions among styles, mediums and personalities. Beatific sculptures by Kiki Smith give way to painted bloody phalluses by Nancy Spero.
Throughout, the women are encouraged to explore the pull of their adopted city, and watching the Belgrade-born artist Marina Abramovic perform selections from her grueling, gargantuan work “Seven Easy Pieces,” it’s difficult to imagine any space but the Guggenheim as hospitable.
Nevertheless, one of the movie’s liveliest sections follows the limber Ms. Abramovic (possibly the youngest-looking sexagenarian to exist outside of Hollywood) to Phuket, Thailand, to prepare for her post-tsunami piece, “God Punishing.” If I can wield a bullwhip with that degree of enthusiasm when I’m 60, I’ll be a happy woman indeed. ( Jeannette Catsoulis for the New York Times)
Vanina Sorrenti / “Inspiration”
Kolkoz / “Shapes and Design”
Sebastien Tellier / “Structure and Strength”
Robert Montgomery / “Beauty is in the details”
Futura / “Time refines the Artist to help him refine the art”
To celebrate the artful craft that goes into each pair of Persol, 8 world-renowned artists were invited to a XV century manor in Florence. During their stay, they created works of art and told their story, giving the world a rare glimpse into their minds. Welcome to Atelier Persol directed by Chiara Clemente.
In its around the world journey through time and continents, the iconic Harcourt, has been at the centre of great stories to become a timeless object of desire and prestige for any occasion. From this great source of inspiration, Chiara Clemente, Sonia Sieff, Joséphine de la Baume have created three legendary stories…
“In portraying Ada and Alex Katz for Baccarat, I wanted to celebrate their love and the way to continuously inspire each other. Like Baccarat, they possess the beauty and the longevity and impeccable precision” Chiara Clemente