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TIFF Exclusive: Watch a Scene From Penn & Teller's Spirited Art Doc 'Tim's Vermeer'

By Indiewire | Indiewire September 3, 2013 at 4:16PM

Premiering to rave notices in Telluride over the weekend, the art documentary "Tim's Vermeer," directed by Teller, the famed magician of Penn & Teller fame, next plays at the Toronto International Film Festival. Indiewire is pleased to premiere an exclusive scene from the film.
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"Tim's Vermeer."
"Tim's Vermeer."

Premiering to rave notices in Telluride over the weekend, the art documentary "Tim's Vermeer," directed by Teller, the famed magician of Penn & Teller fame, next plays at the Toronto International Film Festival. Indiewire is pleased to premiere an exclusive scene from the film.

The film follows Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, as he attempts to solve how 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer managed to paint photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography.

In his Telluride review, Indiewire's Eric Kohn wrote: "Penn & Teller are generally known for their magic tricks and prankish energy, but 'Tim's Vermeer' -- a documentary directed by Teller and produced by Penn Jillette -- stands apart from the rest of their oeuvre. A spirited look at the quest of an eccentric entrepreneur intent on uncovering the cryptic technique of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, 'Tim's Vermeer' plays less like the sort of exposé of trickery one might expect of Penn & Teller and instead focuses on the nature of desiring answers to unsolvable mysteries."

In the clip, Penn Jillette explains how Tim Jenison's obsession with the Johannes Vermeer project began. Watch below:


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