‘Brief Encounters’ as First Friday Film
Rockland — The First Friday Film for March, presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre, will be “Gregory Crewdson — Brief Encounters.” The 2012 documentary will be screened Friday, March 1, at 8 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.
Acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson does not 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 Crewdson’s 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 we are and, for Crewdson, motivate his work.
A post-screening discussion will be led by Britta Konau. First Friday Films is a collaboration between the Farnsworth and the Strand. The films focus on artists and the visual arts, with a brief discussion following the screening. Tickets are $8.50, $7 for museum members, and are for sale at the Strand box office prior to the screening.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.