Art on Screen

Date Film Time
3/8 Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters 7 pm

In this ongoing series, Block Cinema presents new films about the art world. Screening this quarter is filmmaker Ben Shapiro’s eye-opening new documentary, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, an insightful look at the photographer’s fascinating and unique process. 

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

Friday, March 8, 2013 7:00 PM
(Ben Shapiro, 2012, USA, video, 79 min.)

Filmmaker Ben Shapiro had unprecedented access to famed contemporary photographer Gregory Crewdson over the course of a decade—during the time Crewdson was shooting his stunning photographic series “Beneath the Roses.” Crewdson’s photo shoots are elaborate affairs, more like film productions—involving careful lighting design, set construction, casting, and detailed editing, color correction, and digital compositing. The results are spectacular—hinting at the work of David Lynch, Diane Arbus, and Edward Hopper, all of whom he cites as influences. Brief Encounters is a rich and insightful looked at Crewdson’s unique artistic process.