On Thursday, June 9, 2011, Indie Memphis and the Brooks Museum of Art will welcome artist/musician/filmmaker Brent Green and his film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, the moving true story of a Kentucky hardware clerk, Leonard Wood, who built a crazy quilt house for his wife, Mary -- a sort of healing tower to the heavens-- to appeal to God to save her from cancer. Shot entirely on the full-scale town he built in his backyard, Green combines animation, stop-motion and live-action in an ethereal opus to lovers and tinkerers everywhere.
Since its 2010 debut, Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then has screened for sold-out audiences at MoMA, the Getty, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Walker Art Center, as well as at the Sundance Film Festival. In its January 2011 issue, Art in America heralded that "Green keeps the boundary between physical reality and emotional truth fluid, and the constellation of work that results exudes authenticity and a raw, visceral power."
Green comes to Memphis with musician Brendan Canty (Fugazi) and indie-cabaret group The Bitter Tears, who will provide a live soundtrack for the screening at the Brooks -- a dynamic folk-punk score, inventive sound effects, and endearing narration -- via Theremin, cello, horn, and foley sound effects.
Indie Memphis and the Brooks will present two performances (at 7 pm and 9 pm) of the 75-minute film on June 9th. Limited seating is available. Between screenings, attendees will be able to enjoy a cash bar and free samples of Community Coffee in the Rotunda.
Advance tickets are available from the Brooks box office for $12 each / $10 for Indie Memphis members and members of the Brooks. At the door, tickets will be $15 each / $12 for Indie Memphis members and members of the Brooks.