The Vivian Maier Mystery
Directed by Jill Nichols
2013, UK, 53 mins
Wed, Oct 24 – 7 pm
Fri, Oct 26 – 7 pm
Sat, Oct 27 – 7 pm
Sun, Oct 28 – 3 pm & 7 pm
Vivian Maier was a nanny working in New York and Chicago who, unbeknownst to many, had a secret passion for photography. When she died in 2009 at age eighty-three, she left behind thousands of photographs and an incredible body of work that established her as one of the century's master street photographers. Not to be confused with John Maloof’s documentary Finding Vivian Maier released in 2014, The Vivian Maier Mystery was made for the BBC and released in 2013 and focuses more on her work as an artist, with an exploration of what her process and influences were and how they informed her work. Shooting on the street in Chicago in the 1950's and early 60's this film is packed with her extraordinary work and features interviews with movie theatre manager Jim Dempsey who observed her attending three or four screenings a month, Pamela Bannos, a photographer and senior lecturer at Northwestern, Jeffrey Goldstein, the second largest owner of her works next to John Maloof, various gallery owners and auctioneer Roger Gunderson who bought 5 storage lockers of her work only to discover a treasure trove of photos.
"The Vivian Maier Mystery gives an excellent idea of her body of work and just how uniquely talented she was."
Bethany Lewis, Renegade Cinema
Location - Cinematheque [100 Arthur Street]
Cost - regular admission costs apply