In TIM'S VERMEER director Teller - of the illusionist duo Penn & Teller - documents his friend Tim Jenison's efforts to prove that 17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer produced his impressively photorealistic paintings with the help of a technical device that has been lost to history. The hypothesis is more than a century old, and gained prominence in 2001, when British artist David Hockney released his book "Secret Knowledge". In TIM'S VERMEER we see computer graphics expert Jenison attempt to create an approximation of Vermeer's apparatus - and thus his paintings.
TELLER is best known as the silent one in the duo Penn & Teller. He is a successful magician and illusionist, has played leading roles in television shows, written plays and books written as well as directed theater. TIM'S VERMEER is his debut as documentary film director.