Director: Ben Shapiro Run Time: 98 min. Format: Digital Rating: NR Release Year: 2011
Starring: Carl Sprague, Gregory Crewdson, Richard Sands
Screening includes Q&A with Ben Shapiro, the Director of Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters.
The cinematic and contemporary art collide in this unparalleled view into the creation of acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson’s haunting imagery.
Acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson doesn’t just “take” his images, he creates them, through elaborate days and weeks of invention, design, and set-up. The epic production of these movie-like images is both intensely personal and highly public: they begin in Crewdson’s deepest desires and memories, but come to life on streets and soundstages in the hills towns of Western Massachusetts. In his decade-long project “Beneath the Roses” he uses light, color and character to conjure arresting images, managing a crew of 60 amidst seemingly countless logistical and creative obstacles. The documentary (filmed for over a decade, beginning in 2000) also reveals the life-story behind the work—through frank reflections on his life and career, including the formative influences of his psychologist father and his childhood fascination with the work of Diane Arbus.
Screening before Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters is our The Artist Film Club featuring Rä di Martino (guest curated by Hannah Gruy of White Cube) and Tommy Turner’s Simonland (1984) as selected from our partnership with the Moving Image Contemporary Art Video Fair (thanks to P.P.O.W. Gallery).