Friday Night Lights is an exploration of all things photographic. We meet periodically (but always on a Friday night).
It's time for another movie night! Last time we screened the BBC's film "Who Took Nanny's Pictures" about Vivian Maier. We also led a discussion about street photography and some of the cameras used in this genre during the period discussed in the film.
This time we'll be screening the documentary "Brief Encounters" about one of the most talented American photographers working today, Gregory Crewdson. The documentary follows the and gives a behind the scenes look into the work to create his book "Beneath the Roses" in the early 2000's. Here is a synopsis of the film from its website:
"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 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."
Please join us to screen this film and a discussion afterwards.
Popcorn will be provided, bring your own drinks.