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Upcoming Event: "Finding Vivian Maier" at the Ackland Film Forum

So thrilled to announce that i'll be giving the introduction to the Ackland Film Forum's screening of the documentary, Finding Vivian Maier on November 18th here in Chapel Hill. They contacted me after learning that i'd written my masters thesis on another formerly-"lost" brilliant female photographer, Zaida Ben-Yusuf. Can't wait!

Finding Vivian Maier (John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, USA, 2013), will be screened in the Nelson Mandela Theatre at the FedEx Global Education Center, with an introduction by author and UNC-CH professor of dramatic art, Rachel E. Pollock. Tickets are free and admission is open to the public. From the film's website: Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. Maier’s massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof. Currently, Vivian Maier’s body of work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. John Maloof is at the core of this project after reconstructing most of the archive, having been previously dispersed to the various buyers attending that auction. Now, with roughly 90% of her archive reconstructed, Vivian’s work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art of Street Photography.

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