Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, January 11, 2013 – Sunday, January 13, 2013

 Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/2012—directed by Ben Shapiro)

An acclaimed photographer with the eye of a filmmaker, Gregory Crewdson has created some of the most gorgeously haunting pictures in the history of the medium. His meticulously composed, large-scale images are stunning narratives of small-town American life—moviescapes crystallized into a single frame. While the photographs are staged with crews that rival the size and budget of many feature film productions, Crewdson takes inspiration as much from his own dreams and fantasies as the worlds of Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch (Blue Velvet, specifically), Edward Hopper and Diane Arbus. Crewdson’s imagery has also infiltrated the pop culture landscape—including his inimitable Six Feet Under ads and Yo La Tengo album cover. Filmed over a decade with unprecedented access, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters provides an unparalleled view of the moment of creation of his images. It beautifully bares the artist’s process—and it’s a film every bit as mesmerizing and startling as the images themselves. (78 min.)

“A delicious eye-opener… an unprecedented look at his long-secret methods – a must-see on the big screen for art lovers.”        –Ronnie Scheib, Variety

“Critics’ Pick! With marvelous discipline, Mr. Shapiro smoothly communicates the group effort required to achieve the perfect shot.” –Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“Great entertainment.” –Ela Bittencourt, Slant Magazine

“A smart and well-constructed film that will enthrall Crewdson fans. It may enthrall non-fans even more.” –The Boston Globe

“A brilliant new documentary about the work of one of America’s greatest living photographers.” –Flash Magazine (UK)


Friday, January 11 at 9:30 PM

Saturday, January 12 at 7:00 PM

Sunday, January 13 at 2:00 PM