Finding Vivian Maier

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  • “Absorbing, touching and satisfyingly enjoyable.”

    New York Times
  • “A faithful tribute. This fine documentary unveils the ‘mystery woman.’”

    The New Yorker
  • “Gripping”

    LA Times
  • “Compelling. Haunting. Captivating.”

    Variety
  • “Fascinating.”

    Chicago Tribune
  • “A moving tribute to Vivian Maier’s art.”

    The New Yorker
  • “Plays like Searching for Sugarman but with almost instantly iconic photographs instead of music.”

    The Hollywood Reporter
  • “Riveting. A Fascinating portrait. As captivating as it is haunting.”

    Times Colonist
  • “An aptly obsessive study of obsession.”

    Variety

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Story

Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

Maier’s massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof.

Currently, Vivian Maier’s body of work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. John Maloof is at the core of this project after reconstructing most of the archive, having been previously dispersed to the various buyers attending that auction. Now, with roughly 90% of her archive reconstructed, Vivian’s work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art of Street Photography.

Visit the Vivian Maier website to view her photographs

Reviews

“Absorbing, touching and satisfyingly enjoyable.”
New York Times

“An exciting electric current of discovery runs through Finding Vivian Maier”
New York Times

“A faithful tribute. This fine documentary unveils the ‘mystery woman.’”
The New Yorker

“Compelling. Haunting. Captivating.”
Variety

“Fascinating.”
Chicago Tribune

“Sleekly assembled. Intriguing.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“Plays like Searching for Sugarman but with almost instantly iconic photographs instead of music.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“As the documentary shows, her eye was nothing short of brilliant.”
Elle Magazine

“A fascinating, smartly-made film”
Indiewire

“Uplifting. Highly recommended.”
The Epoch Times

“A captivating journey of discovery … Painstaking detective work.”
Documentary.org

“Wonderful. A compelling untold story…exceptionally researched labour of love”
Andrew Parker

“Absorbing. compelling and filled with pathos.”
New York Magazine

“A moving tribute to Vivian Maier’s art.”
The New Yorker

“An aptly obsessive study of obsession.”
Variety

“A highly satisfactory detective story … dramatically dark”
Film Journal Review

“Haunting and Powerful. A fascinating tale. (Critic’s Pick)”
The Village Voice

“Riveting documentary about one of the 20th century’s greatest photographers. It’s no ordinary artist biopic. Haunting.”
Indiewire

“More connect-the-dots detective thriller than traditional doc, John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s revelatory riddle of a film unmasks a brilliant photographer who hid in plain sight.”
Entertainment Weekly

“My discovery of the Toronto Film Festival. A compelling story.”
Filmmaker Magazine

“Absorbing. Unsettling. Delightful.”
Planet Magazine

“5 stars”
Times Colonist (Canada)

“Riveting. A Fascinating portrait. As captivating as it is haunting.”
Times Colonist (Canada)

“Expertly navigated documentary.”
Huffington Post

“An engrossing story of a complex person.”
Row Three

“The best of both worlds… The undiscovered artist and the probing investigative mystery.”
Criterioncast

“A great detective story”
Christian Science Monitor

“Gripping”
LA Times

“Apt and witty … The movie’s true power comes from her images, by turns melancholy, sympathetic, funny and sharp.”
New York Post

“As fascinating for unraveling the life of its mysterious subject as it is for revealing her finely-observed photos.”
Variety

“Remarkable. The film is shrewd, expertly crafted and easily one of the best films I saw this Berlinale.”
Cinema Gumbo

“Fascinating. A picture emerges of an artist both brilliant and flawed. Maier’s photos alone are worth the price of admission.”
Metrosource Magazine

“The story unfolds first as an adventure, later as a mystery, then as near tragedy as this artist kept her work to herself, and finally as something of a triumph, as exhibitions of her work have been selling out throughout the world.”
Santa Monica Daily Press

“Remarkable. Fascinating. Slowly unravels the secrets of Maier’s very private personae with the aplomb of a great mystery.”
Utne Reader

“So definitive and assured that there will likely never need to be another look at her life than this. It might be the first time a documentary about an artist has gotten everything right on the first try.”
Andrew Parker

“An absolute must see.”
Pretty Clever Films

Contact

john_maloof_portraitJOHN MALOOF

John Maloof is a filmmaker and photographer. He is the chief curator of Vivian Maier’s work and editor of the book Vivian Maier: Street Photographer. Finding Vivian Maier (13) is his directorial debut.

 

charlie_siskel_portraitCHARLIE SISKEL

Charlie Siskel is a television and film producer. His producing credits include the Academy Award-winning Bowling for Columbine (02), and Religulous (08). Finding Vivian Maier (13) is his directorial debut.

To contact the directors, please send an e-mail to vivianmaierfilm@gmail.com

US PRESS RELATED INQUIRIES: If you are a US reporter and would like to publish an article about Finding Vivian Maier, please contact Lauren.Schwartz@ifcfilms.com

US THEATER INQUIRIES: If you are a US theater owner and would like to play Finding Vivian Maier in your venue, please contact Justin.DIPietro@ifcfilms.com

INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION: For interest in broadcasting or showing Finding Vivian Maier in territories outside of the US and Canada, please contact Mark Lane info@hanwayfilms.com

CANADA PRESS & DISTRIBUTION: For press or interest in broadcasting or showing Finding Vivian Maier in territories in Canada, please contact Mike Boyuk mike@filmswelike.com

US EDUCATIONAL: If you are interested in acquiring a copy of Finding Vivian Maier for your institution, to show the film, or would like to book a director talk, please contact Lauren.Schwartz@ifcfilms.com

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL: If you are interested in acquiring a copy of Finding Vivian Maier for your institution, to show the film, or would like to book a director talk outside of the US, please contact Mark Lane info@hanwayfilms.com

PHOTO PRINT INQUIRY: If you are interested in purchasing a Vivian Maier print or would like to organize an exhibit of her work, please contact the Howard Greenberg Gallery info@howardgreenberg.com

GENERAL INQUIRIES: For general inquiries about the Vivian Maier Archive, please contact the archive manager Martin Fuchs martin@vivianmaier.com