Awhile ago I began a new blog series where I'll be sharing Netflix documentaries related to art and creativity. Last week I watched Exit Through the Gift Shop. I'd heard from several people that this was a must-watch. Here is Netflix's description:
Filmmaker Thierry Guetta's project to chronicle the underground world of street art takes a fascinating twist when he meets stencil artist Banksy.
It takes about 45 minutes for the 'fascinating twist' and until then I was thinking "what the ?" I was wondering if maybe there some was other Exit Through the Gift Shop and possibly I was watching the wrong one. But finally, it got much better and I enjoyed the film. It's a great show to have on while working. It's not something I really needed to watch every detail of but a very interesting story in the end.
One of the things that stood out to me is how Thierry really just likes to film people. He doesn't watch the film, edit, or make anything with it. He just likes the act of doing it. That got me thinking of Vivian Maier. Here's a photographer who took thousands of photos. She didn't share them with anyone and for the most part she didn't even print them.
Of course, I'm a big advocate of sharing your work but I like this idea of just making for the sake of making. Maybe sometimes we get a little too wrapped up in the sharing part of it and don't throughly enjoy the creation. Possibly. Sometimes. Maybe it's just something to think about.
Anyway I'd love to hear your suggestions for other art/creativity films I should watch on Netflix!