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Friday, 22 November 2013


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It played yesterday here at the Calgary Underground Film Festival.


Missed it, though heard about it yesterday evening.

It's fantastic. I saw a screening in Vancouver as part of the Capture Photo Fest.

It's a touching human story with an unexpected turn. John Maloof is amazing. Not only a great storyteller but rigorous in his research. He is really the best "nanny" of Viv's legacy.

I expect because of the overwhelming positive reviews, the film will cruise the festival circuit before a wider release. Perhaps then it will be available for streaming though Maloof surely has more insight.

According to the Vivian Maier Facebook page on November 15: "The film comes to theaters in March in the US. We don't know exactly where yet but we'll keep this page posted."

The trailer for All This Can Happen has a vaguely psychogeographic feel that reminds me of Robinson In Space. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wBHgQBBgogc&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DwBHgQBBgogc

finding vivian maier is just now released Nov. 17 in USA and officially not available for purchase. Being shown in various film festivals.

try: findingvivianmaier.com

I read the Friday Tribune, where basically all the art news for Chicago resides (much more than Sunday), including columnist Reich's great Chicago Jazz oriented music column. Not that long ago, there was a positive review of this, but a lot of moaning about how it wasn't being shown in Chicago, where, of course, a lot of this history resides....

She's the Emily Dickinson of photography. What a poetic eye she had.

Thank you! That BBC film is one of the best I have seen in years. I learned a lot, and have become more of a Vivian Maier admirer. As another photographer who shoots for himself, and I rarely show my work, I can empathize with her-although I am hardly a recluse. As someone who has done street shooting, I can say that she is extraordinary. Yet today I wonder whether she would have survived in some of the Chicago and New York neighborhoods. Times have changed radically, and are much less tolerant. Her work is defnitely worth attention.and as they say at the end of the film, she would not appreciate the attention. Perhaps its best that her fame is after she lived.

[Don't thank me, thank Ariel_E. --Mike]

In the meantime, you might what to seek out and view the BBC "Imagine" program from June 25th "Vivian Maier Who Took Nanny's Pictures" It is excellent.

Enough with the Vivian bandwagon, already.

"...a small, mild bout of rant." Double oxymoron with pike

I saw it at the Montreal International Documentary Festival. (http://www.ridm.qc.ca/en)

Excellent film, as others have said. One comment; he makes no mention of Jeff Goldberg, so it gives the impression that Maloof is the only custodian of Maier's work. Not a big deal, and the two are competitors for sales of her prints. But they are (or should be) collaborators in researching and protecting her legacy.

I managed to see it at with a sellout crowd at the DOC NYC festival last Sunday. It's not a great film, but it does a good job of adding to her story. The way it bounces around chronologically is a little disorienting, but seeing her work on a big screen is a surprisingly engaging way to look at photography. There could have been more of that and less footage of Maloof's collection of her belongings. The omission of the other main collector of Maier's work was a little distracting to those of us who have followed the story closely. Michael Moore, who moderated the Q&A, was deeply moved by the story, demonstrating how interesting this could be to an audience hearing about it for the first time.

Also worthy of a recommendation and immediate purchase is EVERYBODY STREET.


Great documentary that I think got it's start via Kickstarter?

Well work $13.00

Features Bruce Davidson, Joel Meyerowitz, Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark,Elliott Erwitt, Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Jeff Mermelstein, Clayton Patterson, .

FYI, you can rent "Everybody Street" (i.e., watch once) for $5. I haven't done so yet, but plan to see it soon.

My spies inform me that "Finding Vivian Maier" will play through January at the Cinema du Parc in Montreal (although it is not yet mentioned on their web site): http://www.cinemaduparc.com/english/prochainemente.php

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