FINDING VIVIAN MAIER was listed recently as one the top 15 documentaries of the year.
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER takes us across the globe from New York to France to Chicago following the life of the late Vivian Maier – a career nanny who earned a reputation posthumously as one of America’s most accomplished and unsung photographers. Her mysterious life was spent taking care of other people’s children, as she had no family of her own or any relatives to speak of. She died at the age of 83 in 2009 and left behind over 100,000 photos/negatives of her work that were hidden in storage with her other belongings.
It was soon after her death, historian John Maloof, a 26 year-old amateur historian in Chicago, stumbled upon this treasure trove of work at an auction and brought her work to life. It is through him, that Maier and her works, as an amazing artist were discovered and are now shared with the rest of the world.
The critics have lined up, neatly, to share their positive support and some of the review highlights are below:
“Haunting and humorous. A revelatory riddle of a film. Maier was like Mary Poppins living a double life as Diane Arbus.” - Entertainment Weekly
“A gripping documentary. Fascinating.” – Los Angeles Times
“An exciting electric current of discovery runs through Finding Vivian Maier.” – New York Times
“Haunting. A riveting documentary about one of the 20th century's greatest photographers.” -Indiewire
“Remarkable. Art in the guise of a detective story.” – Wall Street Journal
“A moving tribute to Vivian Maier’s art.” – New Yorker
In FINDING VIVIAN MAIER, Maloof teams with filmmaker Charlie Siskel to unravel this mysterious gifted artist. They trace her history from New York to France and Chicago to find out who she really was. Intimate interviews with some of the children (now adults) that she raised and the families who employed her, the film unravels this profound and lonely artist that the New York Times called “one of America’s more insightful street photographers.” Don’t miss it!