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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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