Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (Documentary)

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Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (Documentary)

Keep an eye out for this one at a film festival near you, or on DVD. I can't wait. "The movie is about Crewdson’s artistic process within the context of a life."

Movie website link

Some of his work

Interview (2008)


A fascination with artistic process also attracted filmmaker Ben Shapiro to the photographer Gregory Crewdson — albeit process of a very different kind, given the nature of Crewdson's high-impact photographic work. “His process itself is so visual,” Shapiro said of the artist, who creates carefully constructed, dreamily lit tableaux inhabited by residents of small towns. “If there is a pill bottle he wants, someone will go and get it. He stands in front of a wall of swatches and says, ‘I like this one,’ and he and the crew will physically build a wall that color.” The joy of this film is the joy of seeing the messy but deliberate process that goes into realizing such meticulously composed images.

Shapiro followed Crewdson on and off for four years as the artist created his largest and most famous series, “Beneath the Roses,” in western Massachusetts. Crewdson's process has elements of public spectacle — he and his crew of 60 assistants have been known to take over an entire street to set up a shot — but also of private meditation. “Part of his work is solitary — there is a lot of driving around and thinking,” Shapiro explained.

So why did Crewdson seem like a smart subject for a film today? "I was always very aware that with Gregory's work, as with a movie, you can't really see it until the end," he said. “But I think people have become very interested in process, and watching process in media. Even the reality TV stuff, so much is about people making food, and doing crafts, making things. Everybody spends all their time standing at a computer all day, and I think people are very intrigued by people who are still dealing with physical things out there in the world.”

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