Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

color. 77+ min. , dist. by Zeitgeist Films, 2013. DVD UPC 795975115131. $29.99. ART/PHOTOG
Gregory Crewdson (b. 1962) is an American photographer known for his large-scale and elaborately staged photographs depicting eerily haunting scenes of small-town life. His projects employ carpenters, makeup artists, and lighting technicians and rival the budgets of feature films; they are collected in museums throughout the world. Director Shapiro filmed Crewdson in various locations in Massachusetts over a period of ten years while Crewdson worked on a series of photographs titled "Beneath the Roses." These scenes are intercut with interviews in which Crewdson discusses his childhood, his influences, and the ideals that motivate him (Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, and Diane Arbus are among his sources of inspiration). Shapiro skillfully weaves these pieces together to show how Crewdson goes from an idea to shooting the actual photograph. Bonus features include additional interviews and a director Q&A.
VERDICT A thoughtful glimpse into the creative process, this documentary will appeal to those interested in photography.

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