Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

  • Fri Mar 1
  • Tues Mar 5
    7:15 ($5)
    Schwartz Center
    Film Forum
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
Ben Shapiro
Gregory Crewdson

Acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson is the subject of this latest documentary from Ben Shapiro. The film explores Crewdson’s complex process, which involves sometimes weeks of planning on par with an elaborate Hollywood production. Working with a crew of up to 60 people, he builds images from the ground up—sometimes literally through the construction of soundstages—and works like a painter before a canvas. Lighting plays a particularly important role, as do the nonprofessional models whose faces and comportment add a haunting Edward Hopper-like melancholy to Crewdson’s favored shadowy New England scenes (most of his photographs are taken in Western Massachusetts). The results are images that imply stories far beyond the singularity of their capture. Equally enigmatic is the artist behind those images, one whose character reveals an intersection of obsessions and anxieties as the filmmaker documents his creation of a series entitled "Beneath the Roses": “My pictures are about the search for a moment—the perfect moment in a way. For that instant, my life makes sense.”

Visitors to the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art may now view a Gregory Crewdson photograph on display in the first floor Richard and Genevieve Tucker Gallery.


Digital Projection color
1 hour 18 minutes
release year/country
2012 USA