Tonight at Hallwalls animated filmmaker Brent Green will be showing his film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. As you can see from the clip above, Green doesn’t just show his films, he also performs along with them. This clip was recorded at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy and should be a decent preview of what’s in store for us tonight at Asbury Hall.
Green is also in Buffalo to work on a new project in conjunction with Hallwall’s Artist-in-Residence Project. For more info on both tonight’s feature and the new project being partially made in Buffalo see the info below.
From the Hallwall’s website:
Leonard loves Mary so much he builds a house to save her life. Self-taught animator and HARPartist Brent Green built a town, a moon and stars to make a film about their love and our myths. “A tinkerer’s ode to a tinkerer, and a romantic’s tribute to a romantic, Gravity radiates an oddball homemade charm. The film, which belongs firmly to the American Eccentric School, tells the true story of Leonard Wood, a hardware store clerk in Kentucky who built a crazy-quilt house in the 1970s as a healing machine for his wife Mary, hoping to save her from cancer. (No go.)” – “A Healing House,” Rachel Saltz, New York Times, May 6, 2010
The Pennsylvania-based filmmaker recently premiered To Many Men Strange Fates Are Given—a kinetic sculpture installed at Sundance’s New Frontier and commissioned by the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center—will present his critically acclaimed feature film, a stop motion animation based on a devastating and true love story. The live performance of Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then features an array of musicians, including Brendan Canty of D.C.’s famed hardcore band Fugazi and co-founder of Trixie Film); Gravity star Michael McGinley (of Chicago’s The Bitter Tears), Brooklyn’s Drew Henkels (Drew & The Medicinal Pen); with Donna K. on foley and live narration by Brent Green.
The presentation is in conjunction with the artist’s Hallwalls Artists-in-Residence Project, which will support Green as he begins pre-production on his latest feature Anatomical Maps With Battle Plans. In Buffalo he will begin recording both the narration and musical score that will serve as the basis for the film’s construction, and embark upon the first stages of a soundtrack that will draw upon “anxiously compiled” storyboards, notes, writings and drawings. Michael McGinley and Donna K., who stared in and collaborated with Green on his first feature Gravity…, will participate in the sonic development of a new home-spun tale based on mythic figures from Green’s family history. HARP is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Hallwalls Media Arts program is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Brent Green is a self-taught animated filmmaker and artist who lives and works in rural Cressona, PA. His films have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival (2006-9), MoMA, the Getty Center, Warhol Museum, IFC Center, the Walker Arts Center, the Kitchen, Hammer Museum, EMPAC, the Rotterdam International Film Festival and a ton of other museums and festivals around the world. He’s had solo shows at the Andrew Edlin Gallery (NYC), Bellwether Gallery (NYC), the Sculpture Center (Cleveland), CAM St. Louis (St. Louis, MO), Site Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM), The Berkeley Art Museum, Matrix program, the ASU Art Museum (Tempe, AZ), DiverseWorks (Houston, TX) and Hallwalls (Buffalo, NY). Green’s artwork is represented by the Andrew Edlin Gallery, NYC. He is a 2005 Creative Capital grantee.