Funded! This project was successfully funded on March 14, 2011.

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      Creator Toneloof on April 8

      Hillerstrom,

      We are working on that now and will keep everyone updated as to when they're ready.

      Best,
      John

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      Creator Hillerstrom on March 30

      I was a little surprised to see a little ad on my local news page announcing that the film was debuting in theaters as of Friday, March 28th. That must mean that the hard copy of the DVD's for backers are ready. Should we expect them to arrive very very soon?

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      Creator Toneloof on March 17

      Michael, this one-time online screening has absolutely nothing to do with your reward. It was just a nice gesture (an additional thank you) to our backers. It was extremely difficult to organize through IFC as we had 1400 emails to coordinate this through the system. It was only a one-time thing.

      You are still receiving your reward. As stated in the email, this was for all backers. It does not replace your reward. I'm sorry that you logged in too late and it was expired but we'll be in touch when your reward is being fulfilled soon!

      Thanks again!
      John and Charlie

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      Creator MICHAEL on March 17

      Hi Team, so I've received a link to download the movie. Once logging into the system yesterday it appeared "expired". I requested a new link from the IFC Support team and am told "this was a one-time opportunity. It worked well for the most part...We hope you will enjoy the film when it comes out." Really??
      So I've now waited three years to have had a 24hrs window to download my reward (which I missed due to travel) and that is it? Seriously?!?

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      Creator am_klaafe on March 15

      I've just watched the movie. Thank you for making it available to us, even if it was only for 24 hrs. It was riveting to see/hear Vivian's backstory and the film looks like a good promotion tool to get more galleries/museums interested in Vivian's work. So: good job on that front. In the end, that's all that matters: her work. I was feeling a bit let down by the book because I didn't think you chose her best work for it (probably saving it for some more prestigious people?), or maybe I was just disappointed I didn't get to see most of my faves. I don't know. But the film made up for that. Regarding the treatment or rather non-treatment of the backers, this project could've gone better, but seeing the amount of work you had with Vivian's stuff and the time you invested extra (like flying to France, etc.), I feel a bit a bit more forgiving towards you. I'm still glad I supported you because I keep seeing Vivian's work pop up in unexpected places and people trying to tell me about her and I get to feel a bit smug and think "Hey, you don't have to tell me about Vivian Maier!" It's good to know you got professional help with the scanning and printing, it makes me feel like her legacy is in good hands with you. And I feel it's the right thing to do, to campaign for her work. She may not have been an angel in real life (especially towards the end of her life as a nanny), but her photography work is outstanding and touching and should be celebrated. So thank you. You're doing tremedous work.

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      Creator carolyn on March 15

      I have just watched the movie thanks to the 24 hour link for backers. It was absolutely fantastic and of excellent quality in every aspect. Vivian Maier's story is fascinating, surprising and moving and you told it in the best possible way. I think one of the highlights was hearing the contents of the letter she wrote in French about her photography, which makes us realise that there had been a time when she wanted to make photography her profession and that she knew she was good. Thank you John Maloof for your tenacity, talent and sensitivity in bringing Vivian Maier out of her boxes and locked rooms in to the open for all the world to see.

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      Creator Jennifer Hellum on March 15

      I just watched the film. Wonderful, wonderful. Beautiful work. And may I say how very very glad I am that you, John Maloof, found her work. It has, in you, the perfect curator. Thank you.

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      Creator Toneloof on February 28

      Charles, we understand your point. That is why we are currently working with IFC to get a live online screening so all of our backers can see the film before it hits theaters. I hope we can do this shortly and the details will come in a new update on KS. Thanks again for your support!

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      Creator Charles Kolyvas on February 28

      You've done great work, but kick start or not, it kills the whole vibe when you can't look after the very community that helped put your project on the map. That should've been a condition in your distribution contract. Big or small, we are investors in your venture.

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      Creator carolyn on November 24

      Re: Update #20
      Delighted things are going so well. I know you are busy but please don't make the it's versus its mistake -
      "................. until it's official release in theaters in March." Should be ..... until its official release in theaters in March. Sorry to be picky but it drives me crazy!!
      Best wishes from one of your earliest supporters.

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      Creator Toneloof on November 24

      Dawn,

      I'm sorry you are disappointed. But I want you to know that in order for us to have been able to finance the film's full production we needed to bring in a big distributor such as IFC. Since we were fortunate enough to have them on board we now have to work in lock-step with them on the release. We would love to send out the DVDs early but it would destroy our agreement with our distributors. I hope you can understand that. It's a good thing for the film but it just means that the DVD or download rewards get sent out after the theaters, that it all.

      Best and thanks,
      John

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      Creator Dawn Styers on November 24

      Much like Adam, I am very disappointed. I thought as a backer I would get to see the movie first - not LAST. It's been almost 3 years and I guess I'll have to go to the theater in March in order to see the movie since the DVD will be sent after that. It just doesn't seem right!!!!

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      Creator Toneloof on September 14, 2013

      Adam, kickstarter was a fraction of our production budget. It was to "kickstart" the project. We have many other obligations to pay that we owe. We definitely need distribution and broadcasters to give us the finances to pay those obligations or this film is underwater as are we. We really appreciate kickstarter support and would hope can understand.

      I'm sorry you're disappointed but hope this makes sense.

      Thanks again,
      John

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      Creator Toneloof on September 14, 2013

      Adam, kickstarter was a fraction of our production budget. It was to "kickstart" the project. We have many other obligations to pay that we owe. We definitely need distribution and broadcasters to give us the finances to pay those obligations or this film is underwater as are we. We really appreciate kickstarter support and would hope can understand.

      I'm sorry you're disappointed but hope this makes sense.

      Thanks again,
      John

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      Creator Toneloof on September 14, 2013

      Adam, kickstarter was a fraction of our production budget. It was to "kickstart" the project. We have many other obligations to pay that we owe. We definitely need distribution and broadcasters to give us the finances to pay those obligations or this film is underwater as are we. We really appreciate kickstarter support and would hope can understand.

      I'm sorry you're disappointed but hope this makes sense.

      Thanks again,
      John

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      Creator adam wakeling on September 14, 2013

      "The deals we make with distribution doesn't allow us to send out DVDs in advance of the film unfortunately"

      It's a bummer that the people who almost 3 years ago funded this project to get it off the ground don't get to see the film first so distro can make money. Doesn't quite seem fair. Capitalism and the arts, like oil and water. That said I'm excited that its getting closer to the time that we will be able to enjoy the Vivian Maier documentary. I am being very respectful and considerate, just a little disappointed.

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      Creator WT21 on July 31, 2013

      Still waiting for the digital download...

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      Creator Dawn Styers on July 30, 2013

      Thanks Nigel, I was just about to ask the question!!

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      Creator Toneloof on July 30, 2013

      Well since the film is not out yet we aren't sending DVDs. The deals we make with distribution doesn't allow us to send out DVDs in advance of the film unfortunately. We will update KS when the film is released, and then after that we will announce when it's available for DVDs. Thanks for your support. Hope you understand.

      Best,

      John

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      Creator Nigel Maister on July 30, 2013

      I'm curious to know when we might expect the DVD. Could you please post an update on that. It would be nice if backers might get the DVD in advance of the film being released to the general public.

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      Creator WT21 on February 22, 2013

      Toneloof: thanks for the reply. Looking forward the video. I've been telling everyone about it.

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      Creator Gretchen Wasper on February 20, 2013

      I am very excited to see the progress being made on the film. I remember when I discovered an obscure article about the Vivian Maier discovery and was hooked into her work immediately. I started following everything I could find, and eventually ran into this Kickstarter project just as it was getting off the ground. I was unemployed at the time but managed to scrape enough to become a sponsor. I knew it was going to be a long process, but was excited to feel like I had made a contribution, even if a small one. Now as things get closer to completion, my anticipation has hit a new level. I am amazed by her work and can't wait to learn more about her. It also leaves hope that there are more undiscovered artists out there that are just waiting to be found.

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      Creator Brian Walworth on February 20, 2013

      I know this is way too early, but do you guys have any idea where in Chicago you'll have the movie premier at?

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      Creator carolyn on February 20, 2013

      I continue to be fascinated and excited about Vivian Maier's photography and can't wait to see the film. We will hopefully learn a little more about this amazing and mysterious woman. Good luck to all involved in this project.

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      Creator Jane Kang on February 15, 2013

      the trailer left me wanting more!! i'm so thrilled to see progress on the movie and cannot wait to learn more about ms. maier and her life. i can't wait to see much more of her work ! thank you for your efforts! you have my continued support.

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      Creator Toneloof on January 16, 2013

      WT21: The film is still in production and is not released yet. It will be this year. Once it is you will be notified for sure! :)

      Thanks again for your support!

      John

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      Creator WT21 on January 16, 2013

      Where's the digital copy of the video I signed up for by backing at a certain level? I bought the book -- very nice. Where's the film? It said released 2012, but I know delays can happen. Still on track?

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      Creator Jane Kang on July 9, 2012

      i received the book late last fall/early winter and it i thought it turned out great! i love the minimalist presentation and the fact that there are no captions or other text to influence my perpection and appreciation of maier's work. we know so very little about her as a person and not knowing made her images that much more compelling. i can't wait for the DVD and hope all continues to go well w/ production.

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      Creator Hillerstrom on February 24, 2012

      We received our book just before Christmas. It's nice...just not as captivating as the pictures on the website were. I don't think the best of her work was chosen for this first book. I was absolutely mesmerized by the collection posted on the site. Also, I would love to see future books include location and dates as those were interesting details when they were given on the website. I concur with previous commenters that pictures of all the same size are not as interesting as variety.

      One thing I was captivated by was the opening picture...the one of Vivian and the round mirrors...where her reflection just went "on and on". It's ironic...since she never expected her work to go on and on and on. She kept it to herself and it may have remained stored, buried, or sent to a dump. :( That opening picture is a graphic depiction of what has now happened through your efforts: Her work will go on and on and on.....Thank you. I'm looking forward to the film, and hope that it will include more of her better works.

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      Creator Toneloof on February 12, 2012

      The non-receipt mess is close to being untangled! Soon we'll all be all squared away with everyone.

      Thanks again, everyone!

      John Maloof

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      Creator Toneloof on January 28, 2012

      I'm sorry to everyone who has been waiting for our updates or replies. I thought this was being taken care of and addressed but it wasn't. My apologies.

      First off, the blank pages in the book is not a printing error, this is intentional to let the photographs breathe a bit, since they're all the same size. Please don't be alarmed.

      Secondly, we had worked for about 10 full days packaging and shipping books out in early December. Some of you who are waiting for a book outside the US, please check in with your local post office to see if you may owe customs fees. Some countries this may apply.

      If you are in the US and still have not received your book, we are looking into that currently. There are many variables that could have gone wrong so we're checking tracking info, which is very difficult to organize with over 500 tracking numbers to sift through, and then we're figuring out where they are. Please be patient.

      If you gave us a different mailing address after it was shipped out, well then we may have a problem. We'll find out and let you know, if that is the case.

      Either way, we'll be in touch very soon with an update to the handful of people still waiting. I apologize for the delay but USPS is out of our control to an extent.

      Best,

      John Maloof

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      Creator Ruth B Simon (deleted) on January 25, 2012

      I'm another one who hasn't received the book and whose messages have been ignored by Toneloof. I'm finished with Kickstarter.

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      Creator Tzung ding on January 25, 2012

      Just received my book today and am about to unwrap it - I guess Australia is a long way away!

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      Creator Susanna Smoot on January 23, 2012

      Has ANYONE heard from TONELOOF?

      They have ignored my messages and while I have seen the book as we purchased it for others, I would LOVE to receive mine!!!!

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      Creator Tzung ding on January 22, 2012

      I have also not received the book nor any response to emails - very disappointed. Come on guys!

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      Creator Susanna Smoot on January 16, 2012

      I have sent 4-5 messages to Toneloof with absolutely NO response...and no book yet! This is kind of sad...

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      Creator susan mandalke on January 11, 2012

      I have not received my book either and no responses to e-mails. What is up??

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      Creator John Galbreath on January 10, 2012

      I also have many blank pages in the Vivian Maier book. I have tried to contact Toonloof twice and get no reply. Does everyone have multiple blank pages? While the book is great to own the lack of reply and question of printing quality makes me concerned about the remained of the project.
      Toonloof, if you read this please be courteous enough to reply.

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      Creator michelle bishop on January 6, 2012

      No...I haven't received mine either and am not getting any response to my many attempts at trying to contact someone.

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      Creator Susanna Smoot on January 2, 2012

      Am I the only one that still hasn't received their book?

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      Creator Linda Rader Overman on December 28, 2011

      Thanks so much for the beautiful coffeetable book! Truly love it.

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      Creator Dawn Styers on December 26, 2011

      I was reviewing my book and really love it, but I have about 17 pages that are blank in just random parts of the book. Is mine an anomolie or do they all have 17 blank pages with no text or pictures?

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      Creator Walle on December 21, 2011

      A german version of this book is available in german bookstores since weeks - while I am waiting and waiting and waiting for my copy. If I knew this before, I would not have backed this project.

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      Creator Musictwig on December 17, 2011

      Got my book today but haven't looked at it yet because my parents were too busy looking at it. What I saw of it was gorgeous! (And my Mom really loves Vivian's work.)

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      Creator Juitun Chan on December 12, 2011

      Hi, just received the book. Really appreciate the efforts you guys put in. However, more professional editorial work is needed if there are other books in the pipeline. You don't just put similar style of photos together and make each photo the same size. Good photos tell story and story has lows and highs and changes. Hope the film comes out better than the book. Don't rush it. VM would thank you for that. Keep it up and go go go!!

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      Creator Michael Moon on December 6, 2011

      Beautiful book! Did you intend page 13 to be blank?

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      Creator Juliette Mansour on September 29, 2011

      I did the same thing as Tim so I guess I'll wander over to Power House books and see if I can pre-order possibly.

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      Creator Tim Woodward on September 27, 2011

      Really looking forward to the book, think I only backed enough for the download film though - but that's no problem - the book has a space on my coffee table all queued up so I will grab it when it arrives! :0)

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      Creator Vidyasagar Puthran on September 27, 2011

      Thanks for the update 10. You are doing a great job, Can't wait to get my hands on the book and film.

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