Lake Theatre continues its First Tuesday Film Club with “Tim’s Vermeer.” This special showing will take place on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 12 PM and 7 PM. The documentary film examines inventor Tim Jenison’s efforts to duplicate the painting techniques of Johannes Vermeer in order to test his theory that Vermeer painted with the help of optical devices.
Tickets are $6 per person for matinee/seniors and $8.50 for adults in the evening. Advance tickets are available online or at the Lake Theatre box office, 1022 Lake Street in downtown Oak Park. Film discussions follow each presentation.
Directed by the performer Teller and produced by his stage partner Penn Jillette and Farley Ziegler, “Tim’s Vermeer” (PG/80 min.) premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The documentary attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project on which Jenison embarks to test his theory leads to some extraordinary discoveries.
On the first Tuesday of each month, Lake Theatre presents afternoon and evening screenings of documentary, foreign, art or classic films at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. The program includes an advisory board, currently consisting of local residents Bobbie Raymond, Susie Helfrich and Mary Kay O’Grady, along with Shirley Johnson of Classic Cinemas, who collaborate on film selection.