A seductive film with live music, the performance of “Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then” was all about two outsiders, as presented as the kick-off of the fall season of EMPAC at RPI on Friday night.
First was Leonard Wood (played by Michael McGinley), a Kentucky hardware store stock clerk who spent his spare time obsessively constructing a strange and totally bizarre house outside of Louisville that he hoped would cure his wife Mary (played by Donna K) of her terminal cancer. It didn’t work.
Second is the director himself, Brent Green, a self-taught artist/filmmaker, who actually painstakingly reconstructed Wood’s “healing house” full-scale in the backyard of his Pennsylvania home in order to use it as the set of his film. It worked magnificently.
And so did his film/live performance.