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“Vivian Maier” picks up Palm Springs prize for doc debut

John Maloof and Charlie Siskel's Finding Vivian Maier picked up the John Schlesinger award for outstanding first documentary at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
January 13, 2014

John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s Finding Vivian Maier picked up the John Schlesinger award for outstanding first documentary at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Saturday (January 11).

The doc centres on a Chicago street photographer whose work remained undiscovered for years. In an interview with realscreen published during the Toronto International Film Festival last year, Maloof discussed his discomfort about exposing Maier to the world.

“I still feel the same – a little uncomfortable – but at the same time, her photos are out there and they’re being seen around the world, so it’s something that’s bigger than her,” he said. “Her photos are bigger than her. When you have something like that, there’s no lid you can put on that… it belongs to the world.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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