Every Friday, Fandor’s curators serve up a newly available film worthy of special attention. This week’s Featured Release is Brent Green’s Gravity was Everywhere Back Then.
“A tinkerer’s ode to a tinkerer, and a romantic’s tribute to a romantic.” – Rachel Saltz, The New York Times
Animator Brent Green‘s first feature is based on the true story of Leonard Wood, who attempted to heal his wife by designing and building a special, obsessively assembled house. It takes a very specific kind of person to respond that way to a life-threatening diagnosis. Green knows, because he constructed that same house-in replica, in his parents’ backyard-as a set for this magical stop-motion meditation on faith and labor. Dena Beard puts it best over on Keyframe in her article Brent Green: Construct Your Own Story when she says, “Of course, the beauty of this is that Green’s homemade movie is driven by the same insane urgency that propels Leonard Wood’s homemade miracle—so much so that it’s difficult to distinguish Wood’s confabulations from Green’s.” (March 28, 2014)
If you love Gravity was Everywhere Back Then, Green has several other stop-motion and animated puppetry films in the library, all of which deal with similar themes of domesticity, love, and the body.
Hadacol Christmas (2007)
Paulina Hollers (2007)