Let's hear it for director Mandi Lynn (pictured) who is filming her body-positivity documentary Finding Venus, around the country now. Lynn and her dedicated team, which includes Amber Marie Naveira and Belinda Pflaum (co-producers), Nina Wells (director of photography) and Sarah Munn (first assistant director) received a $10,000 Fresh Shorts grant from the New Zealand Film Commission. The film features gold painted, bare-breasted women volunteers, and is about recognising and celebrating the diversity of female body shapes in our communities, a counterpoint to the 400-600 photoshopped images we see each day. We can't wait to see it!
Vivian Maier was a career nanny who, with her camera, recorded some of the most interesting aspects of Urban America between the 1950s to the 1990s - yet she showed nobody.
Doc Edge presents Finding Vivian Maier, the story behind the photos - there are over 100,000 - which capture the humorous, moving, beautiful, and raw images of all facets of city life in America's post-war golden age. Maier's massive body of high quality work would come to light when in 2007 boxes of negatives were discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago's Northwest Side. The dour-looking Maier was a very private person - the families for whom she nannied, and even close friends, had no idea she took photographs at all.