In January, 2009, Brent Green and a small army of indie rock giants descended on EMPAC in Troy and performed a live narration, foley and improvised score to accompany a series of Green’s short animated films, including the gem God Builds Like Frank Lloyd Wright. A quintessential example of American vernacular filmmaking, the show bowled over the packed house.
This week, 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.
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.
Grent Green: Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then
Friday, September 10, 8pm
EMPAC, RPI, Troy
Tickets: $15 | $10 | $5
We have a pair of tickets for this show to give away to a lucky Nippertown reader. To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite EMPAC show so far. (If you don’t have a favorite yet, that’s okay, just say so.) Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday morning. Good luck! Congratulations, Camilo!