REVIEW: Tim's Vermeer
Science and art collide in Tim’s Vermeer. The documentary focuses on Texas-based inventor Tim Jenison’s years-long research project to discover how 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer created photo-realistic paintings 150 years before the invention of photography. Directed by Teller (of magic duo Penn and Teller) the film suggests Vermeer may have employed a camera obscura equipped with mirrors to enhance his abilty to capture light and shade. The technical nuts and bolts of Jenison’s theory are playfully presented and fascinating but the real appeal here is the personal story of the eccentric inventor’s obsession and determination.