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Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Art-World Mystery Doc 'Tim's Vermeer,' Directed by Teller of Penn & Teller Fame

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by Beth Hanna
July 29, 2013 1:04 PM
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Jan Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring"
Jan Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring"

Sony Pictures Classics has snapped up worldwide rights to documentary "Tim's Vermeer," directed by Teller of illusionist duo Penn & Teller. The film centers on Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor who sets out to solve one of the art world's great mysteries: How did 17th-century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer paint photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography?

Jenison's research project ultimately brings him to Delft, Holland, where he uses 17th-century technology, made up of lenses and mirrors, to recreate a technique that may have been used by Vermeer. What results is a theory as "extraordinary as what he discovers," per SPC's press release.

The film is produced by Teller's stage partner Penn Jillette and Farley Ziegler. 

SPC is eyeing a 2014 stateside release date. Check out Dave Itzkoff's NY Times' Arts Beat piece on the documentary here.

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