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Film Info
Festival Programs:Documentaries
The Creative Life
Release Year:2023
Runtime:96 min
Print Source:Oscilloscope Laboratories
Director:Chris Wilcha
Executive Producer:Judd Apatow
James P. O’Shaughnessy
Lance Acord
Jackie Kelman Bisbee
Sam Bisbee
Justin Pollock
Producer:Joe Beshenkovsky
Michelle Currinder
Alex Fisch
Adam Samuel Goldman
James A. Smith
Chris Wilcha
Cinematographer:Adam Beckman
Screenwriter:Joe Beshenkovsky
Adam Samuel Goldman
Chris Wilcha
Editor:Joe Beshenkovsky
Claire Ave'Lallemant
Composer:Rafter Roberts
Adam Samuel Goldman


When filmmaker Chris Wilcha revisits the record store he worked at as a teenager in New Jersey, he finds the once-thriving bastion of music and weirdness from his youth slowly falling apart and out of touch with the times. Flipside documents his tragicomic attempt to revive the store while revisiting other documentary projects he has abandoned over the years.

In the process, Wilcha captures This American Life icon Ira Glass in the midst of a creative rebirth, discovers the origin story of David Bowie’s ode to a local New Jersey cable television hero, and uncovers the unlikely connection between jazz photographer Herman Leonard and TV writer David Milch. This disparate collection of stories coheres into something strange and expansive—a moving meditation on music, work, and the sacrifices and satisfaction of trying to live a creative life.