Documentaries to Stir Your Creative Spirit this Thanksgiving

In a recent Dead Darlings interview, Jennie reflected on finding inspiration outside of her genre. This Thanksgiving, consider these documentary options to inspire you whether you:

  1. Need a break from family
  2. Need a break from writing
  3. Feel better about the guilt that you’re not writing, either today or regularly

Go along for the journey of our creative brethren as they weather the highs and heartbreaks of doing what they love. Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers!

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and as a loving yet complicated father.*

Jiro Dreams of Sushi website

Twenty Feet from Stardom

TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.


Twenty Feet From Stardom website

Kings of Pastry

This is the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition (Best Craftsmen in France). The blue, white and red striped collar worn on the jackets of the winners is more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef – it is a dream and an obsession. The film captures the high-stakes drama of the competition – passion, sacrifice, disappointment, and joy – in the quest to become one of the Kings of Pastry.


Kings of Pastry website

Cutie and the Boxer

A reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this candid New York tale explores the chaotic forty year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and artist Noriko Shinohara.


Cutie and the Boxer website

First Position

FIRST POSITION follows six extraordinary dancers as they prepare for the chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, FIRST POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted ballet stars of tomorrow.


First Position website

* All descriptions courtesy of the films’ websites.

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