DVD Release: Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99
Studio: Zeitgeist

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters scene

One of the many photographs seen in Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters.

The 2012 documentary Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters chronicles the work of acclaimed Brooklyn-born photographer.

With his filmmaker-like sense of visual composition, Crewdson has created some of the most striking and gorgeously haunting pictures of the past two decades. His meticulously mounted, large-scale images offer strong narratives of small-town American life—elaborately detailed moviescapes crystallized into a single frame. While the photographs are staged with crews that rival many feature film productions, Crewdson takes inspiration as much from his own dreams and fantasies as the worlds of Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, Edward Hopper and Diane Arbus. Crewdson’s imagery has also infiltrated the pop culture landscape—including his memorable ads for HBO’s Six Feet Under and his album art for the band Yo La Tengo.

Directed by Ben Shapiro and shot over a decade with ready access to Crewdson, Brief Encounters received a small but well-reviewed release to U.S. theaters in October, 2012.

Bonus features on the DVD include the following:

  • Deleted scenes of Gregory Crewdson photo shoots
  • Additional interviews with Crewdson, Russell Banks, Rick Moody, and others
  • Q&A with director ben Shapiro, Crewdson and writer Jonathan Lethem
  • Theatrical trailer
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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.