Tonight at 8 in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (341 Delaware Ave.), Buffalo filmmaker and former CEPA Gallery Director Lawrence Brose will present a screening of his 1997 film “De Profundis.” The critically lauded film, which has been screened in venues around the world, was painstakingly hand-painted by Brose and includes a soundtrack featuring excerpts from the famous Oscar Wilde letter from which the film draws its title.
In 2010, Brose was indicted on child pornography charges and resigned from his position at CEPA Gallery. He is still fighting the charges, which included 100 frames from “De Profundis.” This screening, titled “See for Yourself: Lawrence Brose presents De Profundis,” is partly an attempt to demonstrate that his magnum opus is the object of government censorship. The film, just over an hour long, is highly abstract, and includes scenes from pornographic films spliced with footage of queer activists and other found pieces of film footage.
Admission is $5 for Hallwalls members, $6 for students and seniors and $8 general. Call 854-1694 or visit www.hallwalls.org.
– Colin Dabkowski