Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then

Brent Green

Friday, September 10, 2010

Brent Green returns to EMPAC to unveil his first stop-motion feature film blending live actors with wooden characters. Based on the true tale of Kentucky hardware clerk Leonard Wood, Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then tells an inspiring, poignant, and darkly humorous love story of a man who built a bizarre and sprawling home for his wife by hand in the hope that it would cure her of terminal cancer. Accompanied by a stellar band of musicians that include Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), Catherine McRae, and others, Green uses intense narration ranging from quiet, vulnerable storytelling to cathartic fumes bordering on the evangelistic.

Kathleen Forde

Brent Green is a storyteller, singer, songwriter, and self-taught filmmaker who works in Cressona, Pennsylvania. A multi-talented artist, he composes original scores for his films and frequently stages synchronized performances with screenings of his work. His live performances pair his poetic, sometimes eerie, animated drawings with his own musical narrative, often recorded with members of Fugazi, Califone, and Wilco.

Green began his career filming short stop-motion animations, and in April 2010 finished his first stop-motion feature length film entitled Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. His work has been featured at several film festivals in the US and in Europe. In 2005, Green was the recipient of a grant from Creative Capital.

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then
September 10, 2010, 8PM

EMPAC 2010-2011 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA