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10 November 1995 (USA) See more »
A film about the work of the artist most famous for her monuments such as the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the Civil Rights Fountain Memorial. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Maya Lin ... Herself

Directed by
Freida Lee Mock 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Freida Lee Mock 

Produced by
Freida Lee Mock .... producer
Terry Sanders .... producer
Jessica Yu .... associate producer
Original Music by
Charles Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Don Lenzer 
Ed Marritz 
Film Editing by
William T. Cartwright 
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... sound mixer
Paul Berolzheimer .... sound editor
Judy Carp .... production sound
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound effects
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist
Robyn Hutman .... production sound
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... sound editor
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Henriques .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
William T. Cartwright Jr. .... additional editor
Music Department
William T. Cartwright Jr. .... music editor


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Featured in The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995) (TV)See more »


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Interesting and informative, 29 December 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This documentary film won the Academy Award for this category and because of that I decided to give it a look. It's a film about the career of Maya Lin starting with her design for the Vietnam War Memorial in DC through the mid-1990s. I wish it talked more about her earlier life and I'd love to know what she'd doing today, as the film came out a decade and a half ago.

As for the big design that catapulted her to national attention, this took up almost half of the film and was quite interesting. I learned two interesting things (among others)—that she created this winning design while a student in college and that there was at least initially a lot of dissension about its merits. As I was only a teen at that time, I really didn't notice either---I just remember the profound impact the memorial had on many people once it was completed. The rest of the film concerns some of her other projects—such as a memorial to slain civil rights workers as well as a weird glass project that looks reminiscent of a Japanese rock garden. Much of it consists of Ms. Lin discussing the creative process and her thinking behind her award-winning work.

Although this documentary was a bit dry, it was interesting and well-made. For lovers of documentaries, it's worth seeing—if a bit incomplete. For others, though, documentaries are often not very popular films and I doubt many will ever see this even with its Oscar—which is a shame, as it's well worth a look.

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