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Tim's Vermeer

Friday, April 4 - Monday, April 14, 2014

 A Penn & Teller Film
80 minutes, U.S. 2013

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.

Tim Jenison 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 attention.

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 Vermeer's world.

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 endeavour.

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 fireplace.

DVD: Release Day June 2014

Rated Parental Guidance

Review by Lois Siegel

Museum of Civilization
Animal Kingdom
Until March

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

The Mayfair
1074 Bank St.

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 no services.
Welcome to Darwin.
Population 35

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 dangerous.
Hookers, booze, gun fights.

There are lots of retired folk in Darwin; some with shady pasts.
They've been jailbirds, miners, married 4 or 5 times.
There's a son who used to be a daughter.
Everyone has a personal reason for living there.

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 arrives.
"This is rush hour central," the postmaster says.
"I know more about people than I want to know."
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 McDonalds.

It's a curious film.


Review by Lois Siegel


Audrey's Costume Castle & Dancewear

"Await The Freight"

Mitch St. Pierre

Intermode Media
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 a lifetime.

Mitch and Skot

Along the way they encounter countless difficulties and obstacles
 that come rolling with the wheelchair and living life off the beaten track.
Come along for the ride and see how they meet adversity and beat overwhelming odds.
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 Freight."

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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

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Miriam Nørgaard and Michael Dobbin

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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:
Fridthjof Films:
Telefilm Canada:

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.

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Michael Dobbin, Producer

Director Boris Rodriguez is a graduate of Concordia University and the Canadian Film Centre. Boris’ films Beso Nocturno (Night Kiss) and Perfect both had premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Beso Nocturno was selected for a retrospective at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York.

Michael’s past 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.

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Ottawa International Animation Festival

Teen Filmmaker First Local to Win

at Ottawa International Animation Festival


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 Will 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
"The Exceptional Jivatma Valettas" that chronicles his very eccentric next-door neighbours.
 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 Couple").

Inrig is mentored by Order of Canada recipient Alanis Obomsawin,
one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers
 and Ottawa filmmaker Lois Siegel.


Inrig's first dramatic feature about an enigmatic alien landing in northern Ontario,
 is also being supported by the National Film 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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