The photographs of Vivian Maier have appeared in magazines, been exhibited around the world and even been published in a book highlighting Maier’s work. But it was only in the past half-decade that such prestige and accomplishments have come to the late photographer. Indiewire has obtained an exclusive look at the trailer for “The Vivian Maier Mystery,” a new TV documentary that attempts to uncover the inscrutable nature of Maier’s life and career. Note that this is not the same film as “Finding Vivian Maier,” which recently screened at DOC NYC and is being developed into a narrative feature by Killer Films.
Born in the United States in the 1920’s and moving back and forth between here and France, Maier eventually settled in Chicago during the 1950’s to work as a nanny. It is here that Maier’s creative eye blossomed, devoting her extra time to capturing the streets of the Windy City. But this undertaking remained unknown to those around her, and the fact that she was self-taught and knew no other photographers only heightened the singularity of her artistic pursuit. When a suitcase containing hundreds of rolls of film amassing Maier’s work is found in a storage container several decades later, bringing to light her particular and unique eye.
FilmBuff releases the 50-minute TV doc onto VOD December 17. Watch the exclusive trailer below: