Monday, October 7, 2013

Tim's Vermeer

Tim Jenison, founder of Software company NewTek, is the creative force behind the new Sony Pictures Classics film, Tim's Vermeer.
Jenison had become obsessed with a concept described in David Hockney's book Secret KnowledgeArtists were secretly using optical devices as early as the 15th century to create their works.
The curious and creative Tim Jenison decided that he would see if he could paint an old master painting in the way that Hockney proposed. He built his own version of the camera obscura....
... and chose Johannes Vermeer's "The Music Lesson" as the masterwork he would recreate.
The film takes us along on Jenison's five year quest.
The documentary is a Penn and Teller film, directed by Penn Jillette.
Read more about the film here:
"How Penn and Teller came to make a movie about Dutch painting" - Los Angeles Times
"Art and Tech Collide in Awe-Inspiring Historical Whodunit" - Village Voice
"Penn and Teller's uncanny crowd pleaser asks the question, is it still a masterpiece if an amateur could do it?" -  Variety
"Tim's Vermeer" - The Hollywood Reporter
Tim's Vermeer will be shown at the Hamptons International Film Festival this coming weekend.

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