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BEGINNINGS is a series of short films celebrating seven creative individuals and their early inspirations in New York City. The subjects of the series are Dan Barber, Carmen de Lavallade, Carolina Herrera, Yoko Ono, Mario Sorrenti, Mickalene Thomas and Massimo Vignelli. BEGINNINGS is directed by Chiara Clemente and produced by Tanya Selvaratnam for Di San Luca Films.

BEGINNINGS premieres on and on October 19th, 2010 and airs on Sundance Channel on October 24th at 9:00pm E/P.

The Subjects:

Yoko Ono is an award-winning multi-media artist and peace activist who constantly challenges and stretches the traditional boundaries of sculpture, painting, theater and music.

As chef and co-owner of Blue Hill restaurant and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Dan Barber has received two James Beard awards and in 2009 was named one of the world’s most influential people in Time Magazine’s annual “Time 100”. Through his writings on food and agricultural policy and his work on President Obama’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Dan Barber continues to promote a consciousness around everyday food and a new ecological approach to cuisine.

Dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade has worked with some of the most exciting choreographers in the dance world, many of the best actors in theater and film, and a number of icons in the jazz world. She is currently a member of the dance company Paradigm with founder Gus Solomons Jr.

Successful fashion designer Carolina Herrera has been honored with the Council of Fashion Designers of America Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. She oversees an international design firm which encompasses her signature fashion collection, a bridal collection, fragrances and accessories.

Perhaps best known for his striking work with Calvin Klein, photographer Mario Sorrenti has worked with most major magazines and many of the leading fashion and beauty houses. He has directed music videos, published books and his work has appeared in numerous exhibitions.

Award-winning artist Mickalene Thomas is known for her elaborate paintings depicting African American women. This year she was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art to create a work for the façade of The Modern. Her work is in many public collections including the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC and the Art Institute in Chicago.

Although Massimo Vignelli is best-known to most New Yorkers as the designer of the iconic signage for the NYC Subway System, he is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed designer with an extensive body of work. Through Vignelli Associates, which he co-founded with his wife Lella, his work includes graphic and corporate identity programs, publication designs, architectural graphics, and exhibition, interior, furniture and consumer product designs.

The art-world documentarian Chiara Clemente set her sights on seven creative personalities, whom she has profiled in miniature for “Beginnings,” a new film series debuting Tuesday at All of the subjects — from Yoko Ono (the profile of her is embedded above) to the Blue Hill chef Dan Barber — hit the big time in New York, and in going back to their beginnings, Clemente reminds us that none of us — O.K., very few of us — fall off of the truck an instant star. Carmen de Lavallade returns to the 92nd Street Y, site of the 79-year-old dancer’s first performance in the city. The photographer Mario Sorrenti shows off his mother’s art studio, where, as a young vandal, he’d crash after long nights spent spraying graffiti. And the designer Carolina Herrera recalls her first meeting with Diana Vreeland, in which she explained her desire to go into fabric design. “But how boring that is!” Vreeland told her. “Why don’t you just do a little collection?”

“Beginnings” premieres Tuesday at and The programs will also air on the Sundance Channel on Friday at 9 p.m.