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If you are an artist, then you
know that Johannes
Vermeer was a 17th century Dutch painter.
You know about paints and brushes, and you are
familiar with his work. But what you may not
know is how Vermeer achieved the glowing quality
of his images that resemble photographs.
wants to paint a Vermeer. He chooses "The Music
Lesson." "It seems almost impossible," he
realizes, "because I'm not a painter."
He's an inventor. He can fix things, he's
a computer graphics guy, he created the Video
Toaster, he invented the Electric Moth, and he's
the founder of New Tek in San Antonio, Texas.
"Tim's Vermeer" is
not for everyone. It's a technical film
that will fascinate you if you are into details,
if you are an inventor or if you like to find
out how things work. You may not understand
everything Tim Jenison explains, but that
doesn't matter. The study engages your
We are told that Vermeer's paintings reveal no
sketches underneath. The work seems almost
magical, similar to a photograph. Tim believes a
camera obscura was used: an optical device that
projects an image of its surroundings on a
screen. He decides to create his own apparatus
using a mirror. This allows him to copy the
colors exactly as those Vermeer produced.
The projected image can be traced. He only uses
paint materials that Vermeer had: he grinds and
mixes pigments to make paints. He learns how to
make lenses - builds them like those in the 17th
century. He learns to read Dutch. The project
becomes a way of life as he immerses himself in
The story goes abroad. Tim wants to see the
original Vermeer paintings in person. He
also arranges to meet English artist David
Hockney, artist Martin Mull, mathematician
Philip Steadman, and British neurobiologist,
specialising in vision and the development of
the brain Colin Blakemore. He even asks
the Queen of England to allow him to see the
original "The Music Lesson" by Vermeer that
hangs in Buckingham Palace. This is no minor
The creation of the Tim's Vermeer is seen
through a series of dissolves. We watch in
amazement as the picture evolves. A tremendous
feat is accomplished over a period of 1,825
days. There are times during the process that
you sense that Tim would very much like to be
finished with this project. But Tim does quit...
and his Vermeer now hangs in a bedroom over a
DVD: Release Day June 2014
Rated Parental Guidance
Review by Lois Siegel
An African Adventure
The Maasai nomads of East Africa live among the animals
Zebras, Gazelles, Wallabies, Crocodiles, Hippos, Cheetahs
Lions, Tigers, Elephants, Baboons, Giraffes, Rhinos,
Hyenas, African Buffalos, Leopards, Oryx, Antelope, Vultures
Directed by Nick Brandestini
86 minutes, 2011
November 9 - 11, 2012
Most of us live in cities filled with
shopping centers, gas stations,
restaurants, movie theatres.
Imagine living in a place where there were
Welcome to Darwin.
Rod Serling would have liked this place.
It's sort of like the "Twilight Zone."
Darwin, California is near Death Valley.
It's desolate, isolated.
Even the cops stay away.
Darwin was named after a physician and
prospector - 1874.
Silver was discovered in the area.
In 1877, the population was 3,500.
It was known as being vibrant, drunken, and
Hookers, booze, gun fights.
There are lots of retired folk in Darwin;
some with shady pasts.
They've been jailbirds, miners, married 4 or
There's a son who used to be a daughter.
Everyone has a personal reason for living
But if you are patient, you will also
discover that some do have
talents. One man is an outstanding sculptor.
They live in trailers and run-down homes.
It feels like a different century.
But they are resourceful in their own ways:
Everyone donated books for a library
situated in one of the trailers.
Oh, there is a US post office. It's a
gathering place every day,
except Sunday, at 11:30 a.m. when the mail
"This is rush hour central," the postmaster
"I know more about people than I want to
It's the only 'job' in town.
There's no such thing as a mayor,
but they do have town meetings, of sorts.
Darwin is a film about people's lives.
The Jones tell us their first date was at
It's a curious film.
Review by Lois Siegel
Audrey's Costume Castle
"Await The Freight"
Mitch St. Pierre
It will also air on Current TV (United States)
Produced by Intermode
Media with the help
of Story Editor Sue Stranks
Director at the Canadian Film Television Production Association
Two daring travelers embark on the journey of
Mitch and Skot
Along the way they encounter countless difficulties and obstacles
that come rolling with the wheelchair and living life off the beaten
Come along for the ride and see how they meet adversity and beat
Mitch, who has been diagnosed with a brittle bone disorder
sets out on this dangerous expedition in a wheelchair.
He faces unbelievable barriers when attempting freight train hops in
the constraints of his chair. Accompanied by his best friend Skot
the two document their story as they face the unknown in "Await the
Canadian Film Institute
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 07.02.2011Contact:
Danny McLeod T: +1 613 282-3858 E:
NATIONAL CAPITAL TO BE MOVIE SET OF
NEW DARK COMEDY
Quiet Revolution Pictures, Majika Pictures and Denmark's
Fridthjof Films with the support of
Telefilm Canada and The Danish Film Institute will be filming
the feature-length dark comedy,
"Eddie" in the Nation’s Capital.
Photo by Lois Siegel
and Michael Dobbin
Photo by Lois Siegel
Boris Rodriguez, Director
Starring Thure Lindhart (Angels
& Demons, Into The Wild), Georgina Reilly (Pontypool,
This Movie is Broken),
Al Goulem (18 to Life, The Trotsky) and Dylan Smith (300,
Love & Savagery).
Production is scheduled to begin February 7, 2011.
Quiet Revolution Pictures:
Ottawa, ON Canada, February
7, 2011 –the Nation’s
Capital is being transformed into the set of a twisted, dark-comedy
movie entitled "Eddie." The satirical story is about a once-famous
painter who rediscovers inspiration after he befriends a
sleepwalking cannibal. Telefilm Canada and the Danish Film Institute
have partially funded the project to be directed by Boris Rodriguez
(Havana Kids, Beso Nocturno) and produced by Ottawa native
Michael A. Dobbin (The Devil’s Curse, Powerful: Energy for
Everyone, The Maiden Dance to Death) and Ronnie Fridthjof (Armadillo,
Tempo). “The National Capital Region is the ideal setting for
this movie. I’m really looking forward to working here,” says Boris.
Photo by Lois Siegel
Michael Dobbin, Producer
Director Boris Rodriguez is a graduate of Concordia University and
the Canadian Film Centre. Boris’ films
Beso Nocturno (Night Kiss)
both had premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival
(TIFF) and Beso
selected for a retrospective at the Museum Of Modern Art in New
work as a producer includes Toni Harman's debut horror entitled
The Devil's Curse (aka Credo), (currently available
through Lionsgate and iTunes), David Chernushenko’s
Powerful: Energy for Everyone as well as Endre Hules'
The Maiden Danced to Death. Michael was mentored by
BAFTA-winning producer of East is East, Leslee
Udwin. He’s an alumnus of the film programme of Ryerson. In October
2006, Michael founded the ‘Just Watch Me!’ Canadian Film Festival
and as a story editor, script doctor and lecturer is in steady
demand on both sides of the Atlantic.
Lois Siegel, Unit Publicist: >>>>>>>
Danny McLeod, Assistant Producer + 613 282-3858
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Ottawa International Animation Festival
Teen Filmmaker First Local
at Ottawa International Animation Festival
©Photo by Lois Siegel
Inrig's short, animated film
"The Depose of Bolskivoi Hovhannes" won the
Adobe Prize for High School Animation
This is his first animated film and
tells the story of a humble shepherd
on a wind-swept heath in Armenia, whose sheep begin to conspire against him.
Inrig gained significant attention last
summer with his debut feature documentary film
Exceptional Jivatma Valettas"
that chronicles his
very eccentric next-door
The film premiered at
the Library and Archives Canada.
He is currently working on another feature documentary
"The Fantastic Ballet of the Mind and Its Master," exploring the inner
fantasies of the autistic mind.
The film is inspired by his younger brother
who has been diagnosed with severe autism.
Inrig is working with
the National Film Board of Canada through
the assistance of Oscar-winning producer Adam Symansky.
Acting as the film’s executive producer is renowned Canadian filmmaker
and Order of Canada recipient Allan King ("Warrendale," "A Married
Inrig is mentored by Order of
Canada recipient Alanis Obomsawin,
one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary
and Ottawa filmmaker Lois Siegel.
Inrig's first dramatic feature about an
enigmatic alien landing in northern Ontario,
is also being supported by the
Board of Canada
"The Depose of Bolskivoi
Hovhannes" was made as part of
Canterbury High School's Media Arts Program
Director: Will Inrig
Camera: Gordon Bailey
AUDIO: Will Inrig talks to All in a Day host Adrian Harewood on CBC Radio
July 23, 2008
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