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Finding Vivian Maier – UPDATE

World Premiere @ TIFF – September 9th & 10th

Over the two years of research and a full year of production, meeting and interviewing over 60 people who knew Vivian Maier, through her photos, mail, receipts, phone books, and letters written by Maier, the film makers were able to find where she was every year of her life, who she was working for, and all of her friends. The film is complete and will debut September 9, 2013 (sold out) at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival with a second showing September 10th. You can also like and follow the film Finding Vivian Maier on Facebook.

Select Here: to go to Vivian Maier’s updated artist page and view recently released images.

Below is a more detailed film description from the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) web site:

Schedule of showings:
Monday, September 9, 4:45pm – TIFF Bell Lightbox
Tuesday, September 10, 7:15pm – Scotiabank Theatre

When Vivian Maier died in 2009 at age eighty-three, she left behind more than 100,000 negatives of her street photography — images that she’d scarcely shared with anyone. She had spent most of her adult life as a nanny with no spouse, no children of her own and no close ties. Her photographs and belongings were hidden in storage, until the rent came overdue and the facility auctioned them off. They might have vanished into obscurity were it not for the intervention of John Maloof, a twenty six- year-old amateur historian in Chicago, who purchased a box of her unidentified photographs and became obsessed by what he discovered.

In Finding Vivian Maier, Maloof teams with producer Charlie Siskel to uncover this mystery. Following clues, they trace Maier’s history through New York City, France, and Chicago. Maier was an inveterate wanderer and self-taught photographer, favouring a Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera, with an uncanny ability to get close to people from all walks of life. Her artful and comic eye calls to mind the photography of Berenice Abbott and Weegee. Thanks to Maloof’s efforts, critics and galleries have now rallied behind Maier’s work, and The New York Times recognized her as “one of America’s more insightful street photographers.”

But as Maloof meets people who knew Vivian, new questions arise about her life and work. The families who employed her as a nanny have mixed memories, and hint at her dark side. Would she have even wanted this attention? Answering that question depends on how you interpret different bits of evidence. Regardless, it’s a wonder to behold the world through Vivan Maier’s eyes.

Vivian Maier – Self Portrait Book – Fall 2013

Work has begun on a 2nd Vivian Maier book which will be published in 2013. While organizing and archiving the roughly 120,000 negatives a great number of outstanding self portraits have been cataloged, a selection of them will be featured in this book.

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