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Catalog No.: FTF-048 |RELEASE MARCH 31, 2014 | 
Director: BRENT GREEN | 
Length: 66 minutes
 | Year: 2013


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Based on a true story and expressed through hand-drawn imagery, live action, live music, and stop-motion animation, Brent Green’s Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then tells the tale of a man named Leonard who fought against reason and nature to create a miracle that would save his wife from a terminal illness. Heartbreaking romantic, darkly humorous, and philosophically challenging, Green contemplates everything from the power of human will and  the futility of our actions to the vastness of space and the existence of God. Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then cuts from the film to live music performed by the director and his band (including Brendan Canty/Fugazi; Todd Chandler/Dark Dark Dark; Drew Henkels/Drew and the Medicinal Pen) using the film as a backdrop, with sequences contributed by award-winning American filmmaker Jem Cohen (Benjamin SmokeInstrumentMuseum Hours).
Brent Green lives and works in the Appalachian hills of Pennsylvania. His films, live performances, and object-based art have been shown around the world. Green often performs his films with live musicians, improvised soundtracks, and live narration in venues ranging from rooftops to the Getty Center, the Walker Art Center, and MoMA, among others. His films are regularly screened at film festivals, including Sundance, Film Festival Rotterdam, and Rooftop Films.

Directed by Brent Green
Written by Brent Green
Produced by Argeo Ascani
Cinematography by Jem Cohen, Eric Ameres, Lee Ashburn, Mick Bello, Ryan Jenkins, Pattrick Harris and Shannon McLaughlin

Book/DVD/Blu-ray Produced by EMPAC at Rensselaer

Festivals: True/False, Hot Doc's, New Horizons 


“A tinkerer’s ode to a tinkerer, and a romantic’s tribute to a romantic, Brent Green’s Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then radiates an oddball homemade charm.”
-Rachel Saltz, The New York Times, Critics Pick

“A refreshingly unconventional, invigorating and provocative slice of experimental cinema brimming with brilliantly bizarre and endlessly stylish visuals. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that must be seen to be believed.”
-Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru 

“If Gravity's narratological gap recalls Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog), the aesthetic model Green seems to have in mind is more Guy Maddin's meticulous image manipulations.”
- Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine

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Past Live performances:

Penn State University, State College, PA
Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY 
SAIC, Chicago, IL 
Abandon Normal Devices Festival- Empire Drive In- Manchester, UK 
Cal State San Marcos 
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
Grand Central Arts Center, Santa Ana, CA
Washington&Lee University- Lexington, VA
the Kitchen, NYC
Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
University of Akron, Akron, OH
MOCAD, Detroit, MI
Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
Zinema 2, Duluth, MN
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
True/False Film Festival, Columbia, MO
CIMM, Chicago, IL
FilmFest Basel, Basel, Switzerland-
El Lokal, Zurich, Switzerland- 
The Brooks Museum, Memphis, TN 
Revelation Perth International Film Festival, Perth, Australia
Music Doc Malmö, Malmö, Sweden
Garage Projektet, Hammenhög, Sweden
Copenhagen, Denmark
Black Rat Projects, London, England
Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA
Wexner Center, Columbus, OH
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
The Ryder, Bloomington, IN
Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Boston MFA, Boston, MA
Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA 
MoMA, New York, NY 
Hammer Museum, LA, CA 
Rooftop Films, NYC 
Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, NY
ASU Art Museum 
Cinema Arts Festival Houston, Houston, TX 
Cinefamily, LA, CA 
MoPA, San Diego, CA