BT&C Gallery and Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Arts Center present a special screening of Lawrence Brose’s experimental film, De Profundis, at the Silo City Complex. Doors at 8pm, screening starts promptly at 9pm. This screening is in conjunction with the current exhibition currently on view at BT&C through July 24th, INDICTED: New Work by Lawrence Brose.
About the Filmmaker
In 2009, Brose, then Executive Director of CEPA Gallery, was arrested and charged with possessing images of child pornography. 100 of the indicted images are film frames from Brose’s critically acclaimed film, De Profundis (16 mm, 65:00 minutes, 1997). After six years of prosecution, Brose was sentenced to two years probation this past December after the US Attorney’s Office reduced the charge. De Pofundis is a 65 minute hand/alternative processed experimental film based on Oscar Wilde’s poetics as found in his 1897 prison letter by the same name (Latin: “from the depths”). The work features an original score by the American composer Frederic Rzewski along with compositions by Brose himself with Douglas Cohen. Since it’s release, De Profundis has been screened at more than sixty venues and festivals worldwide. In the film, Brose employs experimental hand and alternative chemical processing techniques to alter images originally sourced from 1920s amateur film and home movies, early gay male erotica, footage of Radical Faerie gatherings and queer pagan ritual performance, radical drag performance and images of confinement. The result is a poignant investigation of queerness, masculinity, history and sexuality.