Win Free Tix To Brent Green: Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then @ EMPAC, 09/10/10

Brent Green: Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then
Brent Green: Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then (image courtesy of the artist)

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.

2nd Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then trailer from Brent Green on Vimeo.

Grent Green: Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then
Friday, September 10, 8pm
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!

  1. julie says

    Loved the Diplo show!

  2. Mike Reilly says

    My favorite EMPAC show was just SEEING it and walking around inside during my last visit to my former (always) hometown of Troy. Would LOVE to see a show, and just so happens I’ll be in Troy 9/9-911 so could go!

  3. Ashley says

    My favorite EMPAC show thus far, besides Madlib, Dan Deacon, & The Boredoms/Deerhunter, is Brent Green’s appearance LAST YEAR! It was so engrossing & brilliant… How’s about you hand over that pair o’ tickets? Mama’s unemployed.

  4. Scott C. says

    My favorite EMPAC show will be this one, undoubtedly. I’ve never been to a show there (yet) and free tickets are just the incentive I need!

  5. steve ward says

    EMPAC virgin

  6. LP says

    avant guard free jazz pioneer pianist Cecil Taylor….he was out there!

  7. Josh says

    am I too late?

    Last years Brent Green show was amazing but i think the Boredoms show just beat him out. Boredoms ruled

  8. Sara says

    Boredoms and Deerhunter so far, but Laurie Anderson coming up might trump that!

  9. Crystal says

    Megunica was amazing! Looking forward to this one too.

  10. Camilo Jimenez says

    Megunica hands down!

  11. Elaine says

    My favorite EMPAC show, at least at this very moment, was the Boredoms, with their bombastic percussion… but cinema for the ear was one of the first I went to and it blew my mind as well.

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  13. Russ says

    ZEROTH CHANNEL: Daniel Teige & the work of Xenakis

  14. Matt says

    Megunica was the best!

  15. Jay says

    This would be my first show (unless you count the grand-opening installations…)

  16. Elaine says

    so.. who won???

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