Why are you creative? It’s the titular question, and it’s a good one. Why. That one word makes the question, that really makes you stop for a second and think. Our question for you is, have you ever wondered what makes your favorite creatives create? Well, if the answer to that is yes, look no further.
In a new documentary focusing on that exact question by Hermann Vaske, he conducts some 50 candid interviews with people such as David Bowie, Quentin Tarantino, Ai Weiwei, Björk, Wim Wenders, Philippe Stark, Yoko Ono, John Hegarty, David Lynch, Yohji Yamamoto, Damien Hirst, Angelina Jolie, Nobuyoshi Araki, Tarantino, Bono, Nick Cave, Neo Rauch, Stephen Hawkins, the Dalai Lama, Peter Ustinov, Marina Abramovic, Diane Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jimmy Page, Vivienne Westwood, Takeshi Kitano, and many others.
Vaske spent some 30-years globe-trotting. Talking to Screen Daily, he said, “At the end of the day, it [the question as to why are we creative] became a philosophical question. The journey brought me into contact with quite a few influential people of creativity of the late 20th and early 21st Century.”
IMDb reports that Sky has taken UK TV and SVoD rights to the film; while further deals have been done for Japan (New Select), Greece/Cyprus (FeelgoodEntertainment), Italy (I Wonder Pictures), Poland (Mowi Serwis) Cis (Inoekino) and Turkey (Filmation). As announced already, Rise And Shine will be handling German distribution. Two of the film’s subjects, artist Marina Abramovic and Pussy Riot member Masha Alekhina will be in Venice to support the film’s premiere.
After Venice, Vaske is planning a companion film, “Why Are We Uncreative,” which will look at the “beta blockers” that stop and stifle creativity.