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Sundance Selects Takes Toronto Mystery Doc 'Finding Vivian Maier'

by Anne Thompson
July 30, 2013 3:33 PM
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Vivian Maier
Vivian Maier

On the heels of its inclusion in the Toronto International Film Festival documentary line-up, "Finding Vivian Maier" is going to Sundance Selects. The distributor has acquired U.S. rights to directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s feature doc, which they produced with executive producer Jeff Garlin. 

Young filmmaker Maloof, 31, teamed up with amateur historian and film producer Siskel ("Bowling for Columbine," "Religulous"), who acquired an historic box of photos at a storage auction. "He was fascinated by the quality of the photos," says TIFF programmer Thom Powers, "and in his sleuthing found the woman who took them and uncovers one of the most extraordinary collections of street photography by a then unknown photographer."

"Finding Vivian Maier"unearths the mysteries behind this woman, who was a nanny in the wealthy North Shore suburbs of Chicago. Maier’s secret world is unraveled slowly through her photo collections and interviews with those who knew her, from the  parents who hired her and the children she cared for to store owners, movie theater operators, and neighbors. 

“John Maloof and Charlie Siskel have crafted a spellbinding mystery and an extraordinary true story of a fascinating artist," stated President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films Jonathan Sehring. "We look forward to working with them as we take this film to audiences.”


  • sue | September 1, 2013 2:34 PMReply

    how/where can I see this???

  • ag | July 30, 2013 5:16 PMReply

    in the online photo world vivian maier is being called one of the greatest street photogs ever. some are calling her the greatest.

    i agree. not to name names but maier's work crushes that of some of the most famous shooter's. her stuff is astounding. humbling.

    frankly, i've never seen better compositions captured outside a studio, a controlled environment. it's almost eerie how good here pictures are.

    footage i've seen from the various docs is, indeed, spellbinding.

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