Tanya Sleiman is making a documentary about Helen Levitt.
(As most of you know, I love everything Helen Levitt.)
I've been in touch with Tanya, and I am excited to see her project unfold. She ran a successful Kickstarter campaign and is well on her way to completing the project.
Here's a bit about Tanya:
"A documentary filmmaker and teacher with a prior career in higher education, Tanya currently teaches film and television production in California and recently taught with NYU Tisch School of the Arts as the 2011 on-site Program Director for documentary film and photography in Cuba. Tanya is drawn to character portraits and visual essays. Her 2008 short essay ' screened on PBS, in international festivals and US exhibitions, including New York's favorite summer screening series, Rooftop Films. Her 2009 documentary ' was featured on California Public Radio for its vibrant collective portrait of Iraqi refugees in a new wave of migration to US shores. In 2008, Tanya dove into her exploration of Helen Levitt’s legacy, sharing a 30-minute film version at Cantor Arts Center for their exhibit 'In a New York Minute: Photographs by Helen Levitt' (April, 2011)."
And here's a two-minute trailer for "95 Lives."