“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
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 is 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 Smoke, Instrument, Museum 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