The new season of Cracking the Frame opens this week with one of the best photography in recent years.


Wednesday 24 September, 19,30h at Rialto Amsterdam


Ben Shapiro
US | 2012 | 78 min

American photographer Gregory Crewdson is internationally renowned for his ability to create haunting images that break the boundaries between photography and cinema.

Equally inspired by the work of photographers such as Diane Arbus, painters such as Edward Hopper and filmmakers such as David Lynch, 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 highly cinematographic images suspended between reality and fiction is both intensely personal and highly public: they begin in Crewdson’s deepest desires and memories, but come to life on streets in the towns of Western Massachusetts.

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS provides an unparalleled insight into Crewdon’s unique way of working and reveals the personal obsessions and motivations behind the work, through his frank reflections on his own life and career.
Filmed over a decade with unprecedented access, this award-winning film tracks a visionary artist’s quest to create surreal and incredibly elaborate portraits of small-town American life with one single perfect shot.

“A brilliant new documentary about the work of one of America’s greatest living photographers”. — Flush Magazine (UK)

“A refreshingly frank look at the artistic process, as comprehensive and lovingly realized as the work it pays tribute to.” — Filmmaker Magazine

“A beautiful and contemplative look at Crewdson’s process.” — The Paris Review

“Anyone haunted by Mr. Crewdson’s photographs, each one as complex in orchestration as a movie scene, will be compelled as the methodical process is revealed.” — The Wall Street Journal

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed art related documentaries and artists’ films.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through experimental documentaries and cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and global thinkers.
Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.

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