Tim's Vermeer
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Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, (Video Toaster, LightWave, TriCaster) attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically - 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning a decade, Jenison's adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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""Tim's Vermeer" is about many things - art history, technology, painting technique, beauty - but ultimately it's a beguiling study of fascination."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Tim's Vermeer is film as forensics, bringing math and science to bear to solve an art-world mystery."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Perhaps the ultimate take-away from Tim's Vermeer is the unquenchable curiosity of certain people, albeit those with the money to finance that inquisitiveness, to get to the bottom of history's mysteries. In that respect, Jenison is an artist."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, The Australian
"Tim's Vermeer is both enjoyable as entertainment and as an intelligently mounted case study of how art and technology complement, rather than grind against, each other. As Penn eloquently puts it: "The problem is we make that distinction.""
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"I can easily say that this film is more engaging than any action film I've seen of late, which is quite a remarkable achievement."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"We should never forget that Penn and Teller are professional bamboozlers, and their attempt to re-frame the definition of genius might be nothing but smoke and mirrors."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
""Tim's Vermeer" is a movie for people who like to think, who like to ponder the big questions surrounding art and the act of creation."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The lengths to which Jenison goes to ensure he is working with the same tools, limitations and liberties that were available to Vermeer are nothing short of gobsmacking."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"A lively, intriguing look at the line between artist and inventor, one that challenges the very notion that the distinction should be made at all."
‑ Tom Clift, Concrete Playground
"A wry, entertaining and very impressive study of a groundbreaking adventure in amateur art history"
‑ Daniel Walber, Nonfics
"Unexpectedly dazzling."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Mostly it is fascinating and compelling."
‑ James Adams, Globe and Mail
"What it turns out to actually be about is Tim Jenison, and what it means to be a member of the new (techno) rich in the United States of the 21st Century."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
"A masterpiece of documentary filmmaking"
‑ Cameron Williams, The Popcorn Junkie
"What emerges from this delightful, brief documentary doesn't debunk Vermeer's genius, but certifies it."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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