Let's Go to the Movies - Finding Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier is considered one of the greatest street photographers of the 20th century. She was an undiscovered artist until her death, when more than 100,000 photographs, largely capturing life in Chicago’s streets and suburbs in the 1950s and 60s, were uncovered by John Maloof. Ravine Pictures filmmakers Maloof and Siskel sought to capture her artistic legacy in the documentary, Finding Vivian Maier. This is a great opportunity to learn about a recently discovered photographer who could turn out to be one of the most important photographers of our time.
Bring a friend, bring a date, come join us for an interesting documentary and a look at some great street photography.

Here are a couple of links where you can familiarize yourself with Vivian Maier and a small portion of her work.

City File Press             On Line Photographer

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  • Denise B.

    (3) Why didn't we see an interview with the 2 men who rented her an apartment at the end? He talked to the neighbors but not the men who actually knew her well enough to provide her the apartment?

    1 · May 2

    • Kristen

      I was also wondering about this as well. i was guessing maybe they didn't want to be on camera but it seemed like they wouldn't interview with Maloof either because he never mentioned much from them. Someone else mentioned them burying her at that strawberry patch (well, I think her ashes were scattered there)

      May 2

    • Betty

      Yes, I remember the one lady who said they were "close", said they scattered her ashes at the strawberry patch. I got the impression that this lady's boys were the ones who did this. They may also have been the ones who paid for her storage unit...

      May 2

  • Kristen

    Great fun

    May 2

  • Kaaren C.

    I think "Ms Maier" lived a very troubled, probably mentally tortured, life and the only relief she could give herself was taking these wonderful photographs. I don't think she would have been recognized as a very good street photographer at the time. Hindsight is always Monday morning quarterbacking. Throughout history the painters, musicians, and photographers have not always been appreciated during their lifetime.
    I'm glad we were able to share this film together.

    2 · May 2

  • Denise B.

    (5) And finally, the letter in french to the printer. We are told by John that this proves Vivian wanted her work published. Despite all the interviews we heard where all that knew her said she would hate this, not want it, John has this letter of "proof." So if Vivian wanted her work to be known, WHY DID SHE NEVER MAIL THE LETTER?? John found it in her stuff, not with the printer, so maybe she changed her mind....?

    2 · May 2

    • Betty

      Denise, these are all great points for discussion!

      1 · May 2

  • Betty

    Excellent documentary! Vivian Maier was such an enigma & yet so brilliant. In the end, she became like her subjects...
    First time for me to see a movie at the River Oaks Theater, too.
    Thank you, Debi, for pulling this together!

    May 2

  • Debi

    Amazing movie that should be seen by aspiring photographers.

    May 2

  • Denise B.

    (4) Why did John do it? Sure he said the he was curious, thought he found something that was good, and wanted her work to be know. But I am curious to the underlying "why" beneath those statements. Fame and fortune are now his, but what got him to put so much time and energy into this in the beginning.

    1 · May 2

  • Denise B.

    (2) Why all the mystery around if she was French? Didn't the genealogist say her mother was French (though he didn't provide evidence on how he knew)? Why did John have to do all the work to find her family's village if he had a genealogist working on it? My cousin is not a professional genealogist and found our family in Ireland himself, even went to visit them! And John found her cousin in the village with her mother's camera and pictures of Vivian when she was small, so not such a mystery in my mind.

    1 · May 2

  • Denise B.

    Bottom line, her work is absolutely amazing and I think her work deserves all the recognition it is receiving. I am glad they are working hard to get more of her work out there for everyone to share and appreciate.

    And a few thoughts for discussion...
    (1) good story, but we must remember that this is not truly Vivian's story but the one that John Maloof and the film producers wanted to tell. They had 100s if not 1,000s of hours of film footage and the interviews we saw were chosen out of all the footage. Could be Vivian's story but maybe not.

    1 · May 2

  • Anita E.

    Phenomenal documentary!! Thank you Debi!

    May 1

  • Syed B.

    Not a dull moment! Really enjoyed the documentary. Thanks Debi.

    1 · May 1

  • Alex S.

    It was really a pleasure to meet up with everybody that was there. Welcome to the new members that came out tonight. The movie was better than expected. I do recommend everybody do get the chance to see it. Debi, thank you for organizing this one. :)

    1 · May 1

  • b4everchel

    It was awesome! Thanks debi

    1 · May 1

  • Debi

    Thanks to everyone who showed up. Hopefully you are inspired by Vivian's work. Watch for more films like this and let us know so we can go together.

    2 · May 1

  • April M. F.

    Ditto. Complexity in a person sometime greats the most beautiful and thought provoking things. Great meeting you all!

    May 1

  • Denise B.

    Great movie. What a complicated woman and such a dedicated advocate. Thanks for getting us together to see this!

    1 · May 1

  • Kaaren C.

    Last minute, but is anyone wanting to arrive a little early to have a bite to eat before the movie?

    May 1

  • Dolores P.

    I hate to miss this opportunity but have out of town guest.

    April 30

  • Debi

    Would anyone care to meet after the movie for a discussion?

    April 28

    • Debi

      You're a big girl and can stay up late if you want. No worries, it's on nightly and weekends. You really should go see it.

      April 29

    • Betty

      LOL! What I mean is I am coming to the movie, but I can't stay for a discussion....

      April 29

  • Gary W.

    I have seen it twice, but if there are any plans for getting together after the movie to discuss Vivian Maier, how and why she could be considered an important photographer or even if she should be. I would be willing to see it again.

    April 28

  • Alcy N.

    Well worth going to.I saw it last week.

    April 27

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