Penn & Teller – Art Sleuths

By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email

What: Tim's Vermeer

When: Opens Friday, March 28 (Show times: filmstreams.org)

Where: Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: $9

Web: filmstreams.org

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How? Why? What?

Those were my initial thoughts when I read about a film called Tim's Vermeer that was directed by Teller of Penn & Teller fame. Penn & Teller (pictured at right), the guys who are known for their comedy-illusion act. Teller ... the guy who hardly ever speaks. Furthermore, the film was produced by Teller's partner, Penn Jillette.

It turns out they are pals with Texas-based inventor Tim Jenison, who is known for creating a couple of computer programs that helped pave the way for computer-aided film editing. Jenison's fascination and apparent obsession with 17th Century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer led to the trio making a film together.
Johannes is the artist who managed to paint amazingly photo realistic works 150 years before the camera and photography came along. How did Vermeer do it? What was his trick? That's what the threesome set out to uncover.

The result is Tim's Vermeer, an intriguing documentary that opens this week at Film Streams. Watch the absolutely compelling trailer via the link at right. Seriously. It's spellbinding.


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