Gregory Crewdson Is Subject of New Documentary

Mr. Crewdson at work. (Courtesy Gagosian Gallery)

“My pictures are about a search for a moment—a perfect moment,” says photographer Gregory Crewdson in the trailer for Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, a new documentary directed by Ben Shapiro that premieres on March 10 at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Mr. Shapiro follows Crewdson behind the scenes of some of his most elaborate sets and best-known works, like those of his series “Twilight,” to reveal the artist at work creating some of his haunting cinematic tableaux of small-town American life. Mr. Shapiro has traveled with the photographer for 10 years, following him from the moment of inspiration through various creative and logistical hurdles to completion.

What we like best from the trailer is seeing Mr. Crewdson, who was raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn, walking around in sneakers and shorts knocking things over, giving set directions—”Try sitting right more on the curb a little bit,” and making astute observations that might otherwise pass us by—”That’s the abyss, right there.”

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters Trailer from Benjamin Shapiro on Vimeo.

Gregory Crewdson Is Subject of New Documentary