Biography Dox

Finding Vivian Maier

John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
Screening time  
25.02. / Wednesday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 1  
Documentary that uncovers mystery of this recently completely unknown, but one of the finest street photographer, nominated for Academy Award and BAFTA.

In Finding Vivian Maier, Maloof teams with producer Charlie Siskel to uncover mystery of this unknown photographer. Following clues, they trace Maier’s history through New York City, France, and Chicago. Maier was an inveterate wanderer and self-taught photographer, favouring a Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera, with an uncanny ability to get close to people from all walks of life. Thanks to Maloof’s efforts, critics and galleries have now rallied behind Maier’s work, and The New York Times recognized her as “one of America’s more insightful street photographers.” But as Maloof meets people who knew Vivian, new questions arise about her life and work. The families who employed her as a nanny have mixed memories, and hint at her dark side. Would she have even wanted this attention? Answering that question depends on how you interpret different bits of evidence. Regardless, it’s a wonder to behold the world through Vivan Maier’s eyes.


John Maloof

John Maloof is a filmmaker, photographer and historian. He is the chief curator of Vivian Maier’s work and editor of the book Vivian Maier: Street Photographer. Finding Vivian Maier is his directorial debut.


Charlie Siskel

Charlie Siskel is a television and film producer. His producing credits include the Academy Award-winning Bowling for Columbine, and Religulous. Finding Vivian Maier is his directorial debut.

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Finding Vivian Maier

2014, 84', DCP

Directed by:
John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

Screenplay by:
John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

John Maloof

Edited by:
Aaron Wickenden

J. Ralph

John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

Produced by:
Ravine Picture, LLC

Festivals & Awards:

Academy Awards 2015 – Nominated for the Best Feature Documentary; BAFTA Awards 2015 – Nominated for the Best Documentary; American Cinema Editors 2015 – Nominated for the Best Edited Feature Documentary; Cinema Eye Honors Awards 2015 – Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film; International Documentary Association 2014 – Creative Recognition Award Best Writing; Miami Film Festival 2014 – Grand Jury Prize; Shanghai International TV Festival 2014 – Magnolia Award; Portland International Film Festival 2014 – Best Documentary Feature, Best New Directors awards; Palm Springs Film Fest 2014 – John Schlesinger award; Melbourne Festival 2014; Toronto International Film Festival 2013; London Street Photography Festival 2013