USA, 2013, 80 Minute Running Time
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary
Any good mystery begins with a series of unanswered questions that get under the skin. In the case of Tim’s Vermeer, the fascinating and quirky documentary by magician team Penn (who produces and talks) and Teller (who directs and stays mum), the questions piled up fast when Tim Jenison, a rather obsessive inventor friend from San Antonio described his current fixation with the 17th-century Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer: "How did Vermeer paint with a photo-realistic detail that seems practically impossible to render with the human eye?
What if, in fact, Vermeer didn’t really paint his paintings from his mind’s eye, but copied them from an optical contraption that projected images onto a wall?" If this were true, wouldn’t it be possible for someone with no painting expertise to duplicate this technique and produce a work of “art” just as effectively as Vermeer? What if Tim was just crazy enough to tackle this experiment? What if Penn and Teller captured this whole cockamamie enterprise on film and called it Tim’s Vermeer?On second thought, it’s too farfetched. Never mind. Don’t go see this movie.
Filmmaker(s) attending: Producer
Producer: Farley Ziegler, Penn Jillette
Editor: Patrick Shefield
Cinematographer: Shane F. Kelly
Music: Conrad Pope
Principal Cast: Penn Jilette, Tim Jenison, Martin Mull, David Hockney, Philip Steadman
Filmography: Debut Feature
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