Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then
(2010, 75 min., dir. Brent Green, USA)
The subject of this curious film is a Kentucky hardware clerk named Leonard who builds a crazy quilt house for his cancer-stricken wife Mary. For Leonard, building is like praying; he imagines the house as healing machine, and an appeal to the gods for a miracle. Filmmaker/narrator Brent Green pays homage to Leonard’s desire to defy death by rebuilding the house as a film set and deploying such DIY devices as stop-motion animation. The folk-punk score will be performed live by Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Drew Henkels (Drew and the Medicinal Pen), John Swartz (Guy Maddin’s orchestra), and Donna K (who plays Mary in Gravity). Wrote Rachel Saltz in The New York Times: “A tinkerer’s ode to a tinkerer, and a romantic’s tribute to a romantic, Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then radiates an oddball homemade charm.” Film shown in Blu-Ray. Presented by IMA, the IMA Contemporary Art Society, iMOCA, and Indy Film Fest. Cash bar sponsored by the IMA Contemporary Art Society.