First Trailer for Teller's Art Doc 'Tim's Vermeer' Starring Tim Jenison
by Alex Billington
December 24, 2013
"I'm proposing an alternate history of Vermeer." Sony Pictures Classics has finally debuted the trailer for one of my favorite documentaries of 2013, Tim's Vermeer, the directorial debut of Teller, one half of the entertainment duo Penn & Teller. The two introduce us to the entrepreneur/artist/inventor Tim Jenison, documenting the many years he spent attempting to debunk the great mystery of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. He invents a device which he believes is similar to the device used by Vermeer to paint his very detailed paintings in the 1700s. It's a very fun and fascinating doc that comes highly recommended. Enjoy!
In Tim's Vermeer we meet Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor (LightWave) who attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically - 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. The documentary is directed by Teller, produced by Penn Jillette, and first premiered at the Telluride & Toronto Film Festivals this fall. Read my glowing review from Telluride. The doc is in the running for Best Documentary at the Oscars. Tim's Vermeer will hit limited theaters December 6th and later in early 2014. Read Alex's review from Telluride.