About the Film

Acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson doesn’t just “take” his images, he creates them, through elaborate days and weeks of invention, design, and set-up. The epic production of these movie-like images is both intensely personal and highly public: they begin in Crewdson’s deepest desires and memories, but come to life on streets and soundstages in the hills towns of Western Massachusetts. In his decade-long project “Beneath the Roses” he uses light, color and character to conjure arresting images, managing a crew of 60 amidst seemingly countless logistical and creative obstacles.

Filmed over a decade, beginning in 2000, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters provides an unparalleled view of the moment of creation of his images. It also reveals the life-story behind the work—through frank reflections on his life and career, including the formative influences of his psychologist father and his childhood fascination with the work of Diane Arbus. Childhood fears and ideals, adult anxieties and desires, the influences of pop-culture all combine to form who buy cialis we are, and for Crewdson, motivate his work.

There is no specific backstory, no before-and-after to Gregory Crewdson’s images, simply the moment that lends itself to mystery and intrigue. Hundreds of movie lights combine with the setting sun in a perfect moment of illumination.

Producer, Director and Cinematographer
Ben Shapiro
2012 / HD / Color / 16:9 (1.78:1) / 79 min /

Filmmaker Bio

Ben Shapiro is a documentary storyteller and cinematographer whose work spans television, film, radio, and new media. He began filming Gregory Crewdson in 2000 while on assignment for the PBS art series EGG. His work has appeared on HBO, National Geographic, Sundance Channel, CBS, NPR, and at museums and galleries including MoMA, and has received numerous awards including the Peabody, DuPont, AFI, and Emmy. Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters is his first feature-length film.


Edited by
Tom Patterson, Nancy Kennedy and Ben Shapiro

Original Music by
Dana Kaproff

Additional Music
Steve Curtis and Erika Simonian
Little Silver

Additional Camera
Alex Rappoport, Costanza Theodoli-Braschi and Dietmar Post