Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then with live sountrack
Dir Brent Green / US 2010 / 71 mins
Leonard and Mary meet in a car crash. They fall instantly in love, and live happily ever after…until Mary gets sick. Desperate to save her, Leonard decides that if he builds a house for Mary, it will heal her. Inspired by the real actions of the eccentric Leonard Wood, filmmaker Brent Green brings to life this love story like no other in his first feature-length film. 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.
*Preceded by the Empire Shorts programme (30mins). Estimated time of feature 22.30.
Please note seating will be provied inside and outside cars and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis - please arrive early to avoid disappointment. In the event of rain, we will reimburse ticket holders who are sat in the outdoor seating area of the site.
Empire Drive-In is a large-scale, post-apocalyptic drive-in movie theatre made from wrecked cars and a 40-foot screen made of salvaged wood. Created by Brooklyn artists Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark in collaboration with a dozen other artists and craftspeople, it is symbolic of the once thriving drive-in industry in the United States. Today, only 381 drive-ins remain active in the US, killed off by strip malls and condos more profitable than the drive-in movie theatre experience. Originally built in San Jose over a two-week period, this manifestation of Empire Drive-In is the first time it has been seen in Europe.
During the day you will be able to move freely from car to car and experience the sonic environments featuring work from Roberto Carlos Lang (NY), Sxip Shirey (NY), Resonance104.4fm (London), and Susie Honeyman (Mekons, Echo City, Little Sparta, UK). The night sky will be lit by a specially programmed series of film screenings and live soundtracks.
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