On Friday, March 1, the Farnsworth Art Museum and The Strand Theatre will present the First Friday Film: Gregory Crewdson—Brief Encounters. The film will take place at The Strand Theatre in Rockland at 8 p.m. 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.
After the film there will be a post-film discussion led by Britta Konau. First Friday Films is a collaboration between the Farnsworth Art Museum and The Strand Theatre in Rockland presented on the first Friday of the month. The films focus on artists and the visual arts, with a brief discussion following the screening. Tickets are $7 for members, $8.50 for nonmembers and are for sale at the Strand box office prior to film