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This film unravels the discovery of 100,000 negatives from a mysterious photographer that shocked the world of photography.

Update on film licensing -- Producer/Directors updated 

Another update: Here is a segment that just aired on CBS Evening News: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/...

Update: Here is a wonderful segment that Chicago Tonight just aired: http://www.wttw.com/chicagotonight/video/A1hO97qcWo7ViDL_rWniVH2LakYxNa7J/

About the Film Finding Vivian Maier - a feature-length documentary

Vivian Maier’s photographs were seemingly destined for obscurity, lost among the clutter of the countless objects she’d collected throughout her life. Instead these images have shocked the world of street photography and irrevocably changed the life of the man who brought them to the public eye. This film brings to life the improbable saga of John Maloof’s discovery of Vivian Maier. Along with her documentary films, photographs, odd collections, and accounts from people who knew her, we take you on the journey of 'Finding Vivian Maier'.

What started as a blog to show her work quickly became a viral sensation in the photography world. Photos destined for the trash heap now line gallery exhibitions, a forthcoming book, and this documentary film. The world wants to know more about Vivian. In order for us to deliver the quality documentary film that we would like to produce, we need funding.

The Status The film is currently in the pre-production stage. We have recently joined forces with an award-winning Danish filmmaker, Lars Oxfeldt Mortensen (www.mortensenfilm.dk). Once we have pre-production financing, we can move forward with the promotional trailer to seek broadcaster financing for the feature-length film we are set out to create.

Funds Monies raised will go to the pre-production budget for the film. This includes equipment, research, trips to conduct interviews and collect footage, editing costs for promotional trailer, and miscellaneous financing. All funds will be used for the film. If we exceed our pre-production budget goal, then all proceeds will go toward the production budget. With your funding help through Kickstarter, we'll be able to move forward on this film with less of a funding hurdle.

It all started here:

http://www.vivianmaier.com

...and here:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/onthestreet/discuss/72157622552378986/

Press Vivian's work has received a considerable amount of press and much more are to come. Here is a list of links to some of the more notable recognition available online:

New York Times LENS: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/07/new-street-photography-60-years-old/

Chicago Magazine: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/January-2011/Vivian-Maier-Street-Photographer/

Chicago Sun-Times: http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/2973223-421/maier-maloof-vivian-chicago-negatives.html

NPR's Kitchen Sisters: http://www.kitchensisters.org/girlstories/the-lost-found-photographs-of-vivian-maier/

MIR Appraisals: http://chicagoappraisers.blogspot.com/2010/05/vivian-maier-tribute-part-iv-interview.html

The Design Observer: http://observatory.designobserver.com/entry.html...

The Independent (New Review) in the U.K.: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/little-miss-big-shot-fifties-america-exposed-ndash-by-a-french-nanny-1811040.html

Repubblica (Italy): http://static.repubblica.it/repubblica/gallerie/gente/foto_america/index.html

Clarin (Argentina): http://www.clarin.com/diario/2009/10/22/um/m-02024494.htm

Clarin also (neat slideshow): http://www.revistaenie.clarin.com/notas/2010/02/03/_-02132908.htm

Danish news: http://kpn.dk/article1871460.ece

Thank you for your time. Your generous contributions will aid in our efforts to assure a lasting appreciation of Vivian Maier's art, and presenting this story to the world.

Kind regards,

John Maloof Anthony Rydzon

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