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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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