Finding Vivian Maier

 

Day 15: 11/10/2017

Finding Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

Oh, this was EPIC. You know how it is said that some things “find you in life”, this could be no coincidence that this man bought Vivian Maier’s sealed box of photographs – he has the power to give her what she deserves: he could make a documentary about someone who he doesn’t know at all, have never met and who he never will. He goes after her premise and learns that she used to be a nanny. So he interviews all the kids she looked after. She chose to be a nanny so she could be outside taking pictures. For a regular person from our century, it is insane that she has been that good and never achieved fame. Could she not approach anyone? Is it because she was SO weird that she had no one close to her? How come thousands of insanely good pictures kept hiding in boxes? This documentary was one of the most touching I have seen about photography or life – and the fact that she has been doing these just because she loved it, she found life in it is just mesmerizing. Also, the fact that she collected so many newspapers because it can be seen that she was interested in humans in their purest sense, that crazy animalistic being with a brain that is not behind any other wilder creature is just so plain and authentic.

 

 

180° South (2010)

Day 9: 14/01/2018

180° South, Chris Malloy

A beautiful travel movie with very chill music and narration all along – about surfing, mountain climbing and ecology. I love how this movie combines all these in one place. It is really relaxing as we see them move around the South American continent and even get to the Eastern Island due to a problem with their boat in a storm – but then this chill docu-drama shows young people caring about our environment and teaching us to reconnect with the nature – because that’s where we belong, but if we can’t understand the nature, we will fail to love it too.  I love the commentary along with the movie and the beautiful visuals. Loved the modest 2D animations. Also the analog looking footage and how they connected their story today to Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins’ trip back in the 60s. It is a unique narrative style.  180 South is a movie composed of good music mostly by the Ugly Casanova, nature sports and a care for ecological problems – all these taking place in South America. How better could it be?

 

 

 

Loving Vincent (2017) – The Making Of

Loving Vincent broadens the horizons of cinematography with paint – check out how they did it.

The making of video:

 

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