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Sony Pictures Classics picks up “Tim’s Vermeer”

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary Tim's Vermeer, directed by the magician Teller, of Penn & Teller fame.
July 29, 2013

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary Tim’s Vermeer, directed by the magician Teller, of Penn & Teller fame.

The doc is produced by Farley Ziegler and Teller’s stage partner Penn Jillette, and follows Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, as he attempts to solve the mystery of how 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer managed to paint photo-realistic works such as Girl with a Pearl Earring, some 150 years before the invention of photography.

Jenison’s adventure – which spans a decade – takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces; to the North coast of Yorkshire in England, to meet artist David Hockney; and eventually to Buckingham Palace, to see the British Queen’s own Vermeer painting.

The doc’s crew includes composer Conrad Pope (My Week with Marilyn), post-production sound supervisor Larry Blake (Behind the Candelabra), editor Patrick Sheffield and director of photography Shane F. Kelly (A Scanner Darkly). Sony will release the film next year.

In a statement, Jillette said: “My buddy, Tim Jenison, told me over supper he was going to try to paint a Vermeer. Tim is a genius, but I’m a skeptic. I wanted to see him do it.

“Having Sony Pictures Classics as the first words on the screen means it’s more than just a couple of Vegas magicians and an eccentric inventor in his garage – now, it’s a real film that will change the history of art.”

 

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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