Media Arts Program

Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

$12 general, $10 students/seniors, $8 members

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Brent Green

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then - A live film performance

Asbury Hall at Babeville

Leonard loves Mary so much he builds a house to save her life. Self-taught animator and HARP artist 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 homeade 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.

Donna K. lives in a rural Pennsylvanian barn where she makes a lot of stuff like art and cookies. She has made animations for the fiction journal Electric Literature, the band Drew & the Medicinal Pen and, more recently, for her own musical efforts. After working on artist/filmmaker Brent Green's first feature film, Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, she can also add acting, hammering and writing to her list of current accomplishments. Also, Donna K. really wants a puppy.

Mike McGinley's name was alternately spelled correctly then misspelled in Brent Green's film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, in which he played the leading character, Leonard Wood. He is the most important member of the indie-cabaret group The Bitter Tears.

Brendan Canty is best known as the drummer in the band Fugazi. Canty joined Fugazi in 1987, before which time he played in Rites of Spring, One Last Wish, Deadline, Insurrection, and Happy Go Licky. In addition to producing records for all kinds of great band (the Thermals, Ted Leo, Garland of Hours, Benjy Ferree) Canty frequently composes soundtrack music, primarily for Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channel documentaries and independent features. In 2004, Canty co-founded the DVD label Trixie to release an ongoing series of music-related films entitled Burn To Shine. The series involves independent bands from a particular city showing up to perform one song each live, without overdubs or corrections, in a condemned house. It's beautiful. The films and performances are urgent and inspired, and the portraits of musicians and houses expose the transient nature of our world. Trixie has also produced films about Bob Mould, Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, Eddie Vedder and the Decemberists. Canty currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife and four children.

Drew Henkels is a day-dreamer and late-sleeper with a (mostly) healthy obsession with the supernatural. His band Drew & the Medicinal Pen provides a soundtrack to the dust-bunny world of his dream logs, films, and photographs. Drew was recently featured in an article that ran on the front page of the New York Times about young artists struggling in Brooklyn today. He has released two albums, toured the East Coast and Mid-West, and helped to create the Homemade Music Video Festival and Philadelphia-based art collective Adaptation. His songs have found their way to the silver screen of Tribeca Cinemas, and reached as far as Japanese FM airwaves. Drew currently resides in Bed-Stuy where he survives happily on a diet of tuna and spaghetti.