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The Vermeers
Tal S. Shamir

The Vermeers

The Vermeers suggests a contemporary engagement with Jan Vermeer’s paintings (1632-1675) via a digital platform. It is an attempt to merge content of the art-film with the structure of the film-trailer. The desire is to contemplate on Vermeer’s paintings from a different and unexpected POV - loyal to the source but true to the technological evolution. Notable Film Festivals 1. Student Academy Awards, Gold Medal Winner, Alternative category, (Los Angeles, USA) 2. FIFA International Festival of Films on Art, (Montreal, Canada) 3. Uppsala Short Film Festival, Sweden 4. Epos Art Film Festival, Israel 5. Teheran Short Film Festival, Iran 6. BeFilm Festival, Winner Experimental Category, NYC 7. Triennale for Contemporary Art (2013-2014), Izmir, Turkey 8. Izmir Short Film Festival, Turkey 9. Athens ANIMFEST, Greece 10. Sedicicorto International Film Festival, Italy 11. Coney Island Film Festival, NYC 12. Re/Mix Media Film Festival, USA 13. Katra Film Series, NYC 14. TKRA Aquariuss Short Film Festival, Bangalore, India 15. Prokuplje Short Film Festival, Serbia 16. Ojai Film Festival, USA 17. San Joaquin International Film Festival, USA, 18. Shqip Film Festival, Kosovo 19. Warsaw Short Film Festival, Poland 20. Efebocorto Film Festival, Italy 21. CMS International Childrens Film Festival, India 22. Emerging Filmmakers Series, USA 23. Festiwal Filmu Filozoficznego, Poland 24. The School of Media Studies 40th Years Anniversary USA, 00:04:37 Director/editor/DP Tal S. Shamir, Art director and producer Dr. Ruth B. Shamir Music by Mark Roos Sound Design Murray Stiller Actors Lisa Madison and Giuseppe Solinas
Di-framing Vermeers
 - Solo Show @ A Taste of Art Gallery
Tal S. Shamir

Di-framing Vermeers
 - Solo Show @ A Taste of Art Gallery

Di-framing Vermeers exhibition centers on re-experiencing the art of the past through digital technology. It proposes to exhibit Jan Vermeer’s paintings (1632-1675) in a digital environment, by surrounding the audience with a digitalized/fragmentized moving as well as a static version of Vermeer’s images. This digital environment attempts to extend - the traditional static contemplation into a visual elastic contemplation, while offering a continues chorographical play of movement, POV, light, color, sound, form and content fragmentation. Composing a playful and unexpected Vermeerish experience - loyal to the source but true to the technological evolution. This exhibition is part of a larger project that includes the 2011 Student Oscar winning film (Gold Medal), titled The Vermeers. The goal of both the exhibition (Di-framing Vermeers) and the film (The Vermeers) is to suggest the unlimited potential of new media/technology to re-experience the art of the past. As our traditional ‘museum’ viewing habits expends, it is inspired by Andre Malraux’s ‘Museum Without Walls’, located in galleries, streets, windows, alleys, billboards and walls around the world. Title: Di-framing Vermeers
 Gallery: A Taste of Art @ The Kaufman Arcade Exhibition dates: April 18 – June 22, 2013 Curator: Laurence Asseraf Director: Tal S. Shamir Producer & Art Director: Ruth B. Shamir (PhD) Actors: Lisa Madison & Giuseppe Solinas Digital prints: Arik Baltinaster
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Cinematic Philosophy Book (2016)

Published by Palgrave Macmillan, and based on Tal's PhD dissertation, Cinematic Philosophy, sets out to identify cinema as a novel medium for philosophy and an important way of manifesting and developing philosophical thought. 


Tal S. Shamir (PhD) has directed, produced, written, and edited dozens of short films that have been presented at a wide range of film festivals, galleries, and museums; he has won many awards, including a Gold Medal in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' 2011 Student Oscars, for his film The Vermeers.

While serving in the Israeli Navy for six years, Tal created and commanded the Special-Ops combat Video Team, demonstrating the possibility of analyzing the navy's special forces training through video.

As part of his MA in film studies, Tal also created and produced the RUFF CUTS and FINE CUTS film showcases, which allowed film students to share, discuss, and improve their films. This platform has become the central ongoing film-screening event of The New School’s media studies department.

Tal holds a PhD in philosophy, film, and media from the European Graduate School, and his first book on cinema, titled Cinematic Philosophy, published by Palgrave Macmillan/Springer, came out in 2016 to rave reviews.

Parallel to his work and studies in film, Tal served for 10.5 years in the JDC, the largest American Jewish humanitarian aid organization, and created and directed its NY Security Team.  

Tal directed, produced, and edited XPOSURE BEGINS (2016), a 12-minute film that serves as proof of concept for a feature-length psychological thriller. 

Tal has completed three feature-length screenplays, currently in development: XPOSURE (2015), DEUS X MACHINA (2017), and CONTROL (2019); he has also written a TV series bible entitled THE EYE (2018).

Tal is currently in pre-production for a short film titled SWIM LION, about a rejected swimmer who begs for a second chance and is pushed beyond her breaking point.


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