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Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 594 votes 
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 28 March 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 83 min
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Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

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  • IMDb page: Finding Vivian Maier (2013)
  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 594 votes 
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 28 March 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 83 min
  • Gross: $915,000 (USA) (2 May 2014)
  • Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Mary Ellen Mark | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: J. Ralph   
  • Plot Keyword: Street Photographer | Nanny | Photo | Photographer | Art Gallery

Writing Credits By:

  • John Maloof (story) and
  • Charlie Siskel (story)

Known Trivia

    Plot: A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one the most accomplished street photographers. Full summary »  »

    Story: Real estate agent, John Maloof explains how a trip to a local auction house, in search for old pictures to use for a book history of his neighborhood, resulted in him bidding and winning a box full of old negatives. John, goes through the massive quantity of negatives, describes how impressed he was by the quality of the images, quickly determined they were not reverent to his project and just put them away. That could have very likely had been the end of the story, if the power of the images had not pushed him to fall in love with photography. John confides that his photo hobby quickly motivated him to set up a darkroom and devote large amounts of time shooting. As he learned more about photography, he recognized that those negatives he had bought, then stored, were the work of a real master. In an attempt to confirm his suspicion, he selected about 100 images and put them online with the hope that the feedback would confirm his judgement as to the strength of the images. Written byLane J. Lubell of Cinemashadow.com

    Synopsis

    Synopsis: The film opens up cutting between footage of a handful of people, each in their home, and each pensively waiting to be interviewed. The brief snippets shown clarify that each will be speaking about their recollections of the same woman, as a part of finding insight into the mystery.Switch to the filmmaker,John Maloof explaining how a trip to a local auction house, in search for old pictures to use for a book history of his neighborhood resulted in him bidding, and winning a box full of old negatives. John, goes through the massive quantity of negatives, describes how impressed he was by the quality of the images, quickly determined they were not reverent to his project and just put them away. That could have very likely had been the end of the story, if the power of the images had not pushed him to fall in love with photography. John confides that his photo hobby quickly motivated him to set up a darkroom and devote large amounts of time shooting. As he learned more about photography, he recognized that those negatives he had bought, then stored, were the work of a real master. In an attempt to confirm his suspicion, he selected about 100 images and put them online with the hope that the feedback would confirm his judgement as to the strength of the images. He got his conformation!Mr. Maloof had the artistic vision and business savvy to go back to that auction house, track-down others that had bought Vivians negatives that day and buy them all, returning the collection to whole. The amount of images was truly astounding, an total over 100,000, and unlike todays digital world, she was shooting primarily with a Rolleiflex Camera, a roll of 120 film holds 12 images.In addition to the film, John found receipts, notes and just enough information to attempt to find out who was this prolific mystery woman? Interestingly, it was not that difficult to discover who she was and people that knew her, the secret was that she had been a masterful artist. Everyone knew her as the slightly odd, but rather nice nanny.

    – Lane J. Lubell of Cinemashadow.com

     

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Jeff Garlin known as executive producer
    • John Maloof known as producer
    • Chris McKinley known as associate producer
    • Lars Mortensen known as associate producer
    • Mary Prendergast known as associate producer
    • Charlie Siskel known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • John Maloof known as Himself
    • Mary Ellen Mark known as Herself
    • Phil Donahue known as Himself
    • Vivian Maier known as Herself (archive footage)

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    Company

    Production Companies:

    • Ravine Pictures

    Distributors:

    • Films We Like (2014) (Canada) (theatrical)
    • Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore (2014) (Italy) (theatrical)
    • Happiness Distribution (2014) (France) (theatrical)
    • NFP Marketing & Distribution (2014) (Germany) (theatrical)
    • Sundance Selects (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Algemene Vereniging Radio Omroep (AVRO) (2014) (Netherlands) (TV)
    • Magyarhangya (2014) (Hungary) (all media)
    • Sveriges Television (SVT) (2014) (Sweden) (TV)
    • Swiss TV (2014) (Switzerland) (TV)

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    Other Stuff

    Visual Effects by:

    • Aaron Peak known as colorist: Hollywood DI

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    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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