Chiara Clemente 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 then 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, Louis Vuitton, Mercedes-Benz, and Persol.
Today she is based in New York and often travels around the world while filming.