Film Forum is pleased to open GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS, a new documentary by Ben Shapiro. Gregory Crewdson's riveting photographs are elaborately staged, elegant narratives compressed into a single, albeit large-scale image, many of them taken at twilight, set in small towns of Western Massachusetts or meticulously recreated interior spaces, built on the kind of sound stages associated with big-budget movies. Shapiro's fascinating profile of the acclaimed artist includes stories of his Park Slope childhood (in which he tried to overhear patients of his psychologist father), his summers in the bucolic countryside (which he now imbues with a sense of dread and foreboding), and his encounter with Diane Arbus's work in 1972 at age 10. Novelists Rick Moody and Russell Banks, and fellow photographer Laurie Simmons, comment on the motivation behind their friend's haunting images. But Crewdson remains his own best critic: "Every artist has one central story to tell. The struggle is to tell and retell that story over again - and to challenge that story. It's the defining story of who you are."
Gregory Crewdson's work is in many collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The body of work featured in the film is "Beneath the Roses," and was produced from 2002-2008. Film Forum will be selling the book by the same title during the film's engagement.
On Gregory Crewdson:
"Crewdson often shoots at twilight, and the bewitching qualities of what T.S. Eliot called 'the violet hour' fill almost every shot... He is a master of menace, melancholia and the macabre. He turns the American dream into a quiet nightmare."
--The Telegraph (UK)
On the film:
"A refreshingly frank look at the artistic process, as comprehensive and lovingly realized as the work it pays tribute to."
GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS (2012, 77 mins.) Produced, Directed and Photographed by Ben Shapiro. Editor: Tom Patterson, Nancy Kennedy. Original music: Dana Kaproff. Featuring: Gregory Crewdson, Russell Banks, Rick Moody, Melissa Harris, Richard Sands. USA. Zeitgeist Films.
Gregory Crewdson and filmmaker Ben Shapiro in person
Thursday, November 1 at 8:00 pm screening
209 West Houston Street
New York, NY 10014
Website: Film Forum | Crewdson
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by Zoe Crosher
archival pigment print
I just happen to visit the Modern Museum of Modern Art yesterday to see the New Photography 2012 show . Among the selected artists for it one of them is Zoe Crosher which, had been a great fan of her work.
A big surprise for me was to see that among the images for Zoe Crosher, Michelle Dublois series on display one of them was the one that our dear art maven Jen Bekman selected as this week feature on 20x200.
Now folks, I highly encourage you to get one. They are limited edition and sign and how often you will get to say that you own the same image that is currently on display at the MoMA...? You get my point?
Kudos to Jen Bekman and her 20x200 for making high art available to all of us.
And, now like Sofia Vergara will say in the K-mart ads...NOW GO!