These small clips from the 1970s show a glimpse into the secret life of Chicago nanny Vivian Maier as she documented the urban life around her in her off time. The Finding Vivian Maier documentary finally debuts today at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.
We’ve covered info on Maier before, but if she’s unknown to you here’s a rundown. Vivian died in 2009 at the age 83. She spent most of her life as a nanny in Chicago and had a secret passion for photography and film. She never shared it with anyone and had few friends. After winning a bid for 30,000 of Maier’s negatives in a Chicago auction house in 2007, Jon Maloof realized the importance Vivian’s work. “Little by little, I realized that the work was great,” he says. “Maier should wedge right in with the best photographers of her time, such as Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Lisette Model and Helen Levitt.” Maloof has sent the last few years painstakingly archiving Maier’s work, putting on exhibitions around the world and filming the aforementioned documentary film.
Photography/Videography: Vivian Maier
Uncovered by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
Music by Evan Hydzik & Phil Calato
The Photo Man, a moving short film by Ben Kitnick and Saxon Richardson, chronicles the life Mark Kologi, a man who collects and sells forgotten personal photos of strangers from a stall in Los Angeles. He is truly inspired by what he does and gets excited when a purchaser is recharged and reinvigorated with life that comes from touching his images. He has sold over 3 million photos to date.
To make this must-see documentary short, the crew at Eskimo set out on a month long journey to interview prominent creatives around the country about creativity, relationships, the pursuit of money and self expression. Many of the creatives were really transparent about their struggles and it was refreshing. If you’ve been around the creative industry for while you’ll agree with most of what they’re talking about and hopefully you’ll be inspired to always be creating for yourself.
Filmmaker: Terry Rayment
Filmmaker: Hunter Richards – hunterhrichards.com
Assistant Editor: Scott Hanson
Additional Photography: Mike Berlucchi
San Francisco-based Photographer Ryan Tatar (one of our favorite features) has made quite a name for himself with his beautiful cross-processed lo-fi surf photography. His analog approach helps him feel miles away from his busy day job and let’s him focus on just making great images.
On this episode of D-I-Why Not? for Korduroy.tv, he breaks down the basics of shooting film.
The Blank Tapes
Last week the city of Los Angeles welcomed Space Shuttle Endeavor to it’s new home, the California Science Center. The four-day journey through the streets of LA to the Science Center was captured beautifully in time-lapse in so many great angles by Matthew Givot and his small army of collaborators which included Joe Capra, Chris Pritchard, Brian Hawkins, Andrew Walker & Ryan Killackey and more.
This has been an amazing experience that I will never forget. My hope is that this film will show you the amount of dedicated people and teamwork that it took to get the Endeavour to its new home.—Matt Givot
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In his short film, Lost Memories, Paris native Francois Ferracci depicts a highly digitized world in 2020. Will all our technical progress really move us forward?
Written, Directed and Post-Produced by Francois Ferracci.
Starring Luka Kellou, Magali Heu & a trusty Polaroid camera.
Music by Alexandre Fortuit
Sydney-based photographer and filmmaker Keith Loutit is a tilt-shift master. The Lion City centers around Singapore and Keith’s tilt-shift timelapse focusing technique doubles to communicate the constant heat and humidity that hits you whenever you leave the comfort of air conditioning in Singapore. Be sure to see more of Keith amazing work below.
People always ask creatives where their inspiration comes from. We say it’s all around us … you just have to look.
The crew at CountryTrouble got inspired to create this cool animated short thanks to an old family photo album they picked up at Melrose Trading Market in Los Angeles.
Animation: Axel Roessler
Soundtrack: Bertram Ritter
In most skate flicks, all the mistakes and falls are edited out creating the illusion that the skater never falls. The Madrid-based photographer Juan Rayos leaves them in, but in a beautiful way, showing the drive of Kilian Martin to get the trick right and Rayos’ own dedication to capturing a great shot no matter how long it takes.
I’m really loving the light and what the dust in the station adds to the tricks. Enjoy!