Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters is Now Available on DVD, and Netflix Streaming

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Netflix have acquired the rights to stream Ben Shapiro's excellent 77-minute documentary, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters. You can also buy it outright on DVD for $24.

Sadly, the Netflix access this is US-only (maybe Canada? nope!) and only for Netflix streaming subscribers. But this is still far and away the biggest audience to have had access to the film.

There's no telling how long it will be up to stream. Netflix is notorious for having, then not having, the rights to a movie. So just in case, don't wait too long. You can stream it here.

(Many thanks to reader Tim Kamppinen for the heads-up!)



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Blogger Clive Camm said...

I just checked. Sadly it is not available on the Canadian version of Netflix. Fingers crossed this may one day change.

May 23, 2013 12:30 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...


VPNs rock. God bless HMA.

May 23, 2013 12:48 AM  
Blogger meckimac said...

@Clive I'm watching it in Switzerland. Unblock-us is your friend..

May 23, 2013 8:07 AM  
Blogger Gild Gomes said...

Thank you ! If a pictures is worth a thousand words , Crewdson's pictures are worth a billion words !

May 23, 2013 8:24 AM  
Blogger Todd Higgins said...

You can stream the movie form Amazon instant video as well, 3.99 renal. :)

May 23, 2013 11:10 AM  
Blogger Bert McLendon said...

Wow! This is amazing.... I'm blown away by this guy... Never knew who he was. Thanks for the exposure. wow... wow!

May 23, 2013 11:22 AM  
Blogger Bert McLendon said...

Just finished watching this and I gotta say that I've been moved... Like deeply moved by his work. Gives me a new meaning of Get yo Sh_t right in camera foo!" I've never been a fan of the slightly story driven abstract photography of a chair in a field and I'm not saying this is that type of photography. It's that type of photography x1000. The chair in a field is one of 1000 different things happening in his images and that's what blows me away. Everything is set up with such perfection. GHA! rewatching now. =)

May 23, 2013 12:47 PM  
Blogger Peter Scherff said...

He is the only photographer that I know who doth not touch the camera.

May 23, 2013 2:38 PM  
Blogger wade_beard said...

I have to admit, the first few minutes and during the first set up with the cab and the smoke I was already in the "eh, these abstract shooters, ugh" frame of mind. However, after watching the second, third and the rest of the film, he has got some AMAZING stuff and ideas and pulls it off so awesomely well. Inspiring is the only word I could come up with...

May 23, 2013 4:37 PM  
Blogger AL marcus said...

Thank you so much for posting the info about the theatrical release. I drove from Baltimore to Philly to see it and had a great time. The Phila Photo Arts, where it was held, is a wonderful venue with a gallery and lots of workshops. Best 10 bucks and a tank of gas ever spent!

May 23, 2013 5:43 PM  
Blogger Frú Emilía said...

I am watching this in Iceland through

then netflix.

May 23, 2013 6:13 PM  
Blogger Frú Emilía said...

I am watching through and then netflix in Iceland

May 23, 2013 6:15 PM  
Blogger dave moser said...

thank you for the tip Mr H -- i had dismissed him in the past, somewhat, and now "believe."

now we just need paul c buff to design a small fog machine for the rest of us

May 23, 2013 10:14 PM  
Blogger Patrick Downs said...

Fascinating and well-done. I'd love to see the huge prints!

May 24, 2013 1:04 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Richard Avedon: Darkness & Light is on Youtube:

May 24, 2013 8:16 AM  
Blogger Michael LoBiondo said...

Thank you for posting this. I appreciate the time and effort it takes to produce his work. I was intrigued with the amount of detail during the shoots but I was momentarily disappointed in the post-production and photoshop work...but only for a moment. Gone are the days where everything is "in the camera". I miss the Beatles, too!! Something to be said about photographers taking the time to "light" a photo, not just capture a file.

May 24, 2013 9:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

thanks for the hup

May 24, 2013 8:04 PM  
Blogger Stuart Little said...

Thanks to Fru for the tip about There is a 7 day trial :)

May 25, 2013 5:09 AM  
Blogger Richard Vier said...

Thanks for the heads up! Playing it now.

May 25, 2013 2:42 PM  
Blogger David Rothwell said...

Its a shame that the talented Gregory Crewdson; likes to remain mysterious, his work is on an epic scale.

I watched the trailer in our photography and media lecture, I was blown away.

May 25, 2013 9:28 PM  
Blogger Jim Quinn said...

Hi, David,

Many thanks for the referral to the Crewdson documentary. I found it very interesting. It's obvious that you share more than photo skills with him - you both wear the same uniform!

May 26, 2013 12:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey David,

Thanks for sharing this. Watched it last night with my wife. She mentioned how a few of his photos really hit her emotionally. I feel like I've got some ideas swirling in my head now. We both enjoyed it immensely.

May 27, 2013 5:51 PM  
Blogger Ed from Ohio said...

My wife and I watched a good chunk of this, and sorry, but we both though the guy was "way out there."

Yes, some of his ideas were good, but it had a strong feel of "The Twilight Zone" to it. It also felt like we were looking at an Eye-Spy book, which I thought were better composed and lighted than this, although without the human element.

I guess that's what "art" is all about - some like it, some don't.

May 28, 2013 1:21 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

Hi David,
I was moved emotionally by his work as well. Thanks a lot for the heads up on this gem.

May 29, 2013 1:53 PM  
Blogger Dashney said...

Thanks to HMA, I watched this in the Great White North. Unthanks to HMA, I watched this in the Great White North. I have nothing against the photos or the photographer (though a photographer having a DP seemed a bit oxymoronic), but uh....I don't get it. Personally, I like art for what it is, not for what made it. If this guy took the exact same photos but happened to capture them all the way any 'normal' photographer would, I highly doubt it would receive this kind of attention. If I took one of those prints to some of the $100k buyers and said I took it, I doubt it'd fetch that kind of money. Good on him for doing it and making a good living off of it, I just think there's far too much emphasis on the BTS which is what drives the exposure, no pun intended. He is good at what he does, but it's not "close off streets and hire a small army over multiple days" good. Enjoy it if it's your thing, but it definitely isn't mine.

June 03, 2013 3:53 PM  
Blogger HunRover said...

My only question is about his marketing: How is he getting the funds necessary for this kind of effort? Is he rich? Is he selling a lot of books and prints (this latter might be true, but I can't imagine photobooks and prints funding all this). What is your idea about it?

June 03, 2013 5:45 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...


You might want to look into purchasing one of his prints. That will explain all.

June 03, 2013 5:58 PM  
Blogger Thomas Marvel said...

I'm surprised nobody mentioned the irony:
Making photographs that evoke an Edward Hopper "photo realism"
Extremely moving images of the waning days of the American Dream

June 20, 2013 3:55 PM  
Blogger David Rothwell said...

Having now watched this work from director Ben Shapiro, giving us an insight into one of Americas foremost stills photographers; Gregory Crewdson.

I cannot help but compare his work to the late O. Winston Link who shot mostly the steam locomotives and their respective Norfolk line. The photographs are in similie with each other, of course O. Winston Link shot mainly in low conditions to create a dramatic effect with the steam billowing out from a steam locomotive.

Crewdson has developed a similar style but I found it ironic that he shot up to fifty plates only to be post edited in photoshop!


What is the point of shooting all those scenes for them to be edited in such a fashion; a waste of resources.

He doesn't even take the photograph, it's the director of photography who actually shoots the frame.

Yes I wholly agree the photographs are epic, but never the less, I could have shot that using less resources and natural light.

June 28, 2013 8:03 AM  

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