VASA Reminder: a film by Lawrence Brose "De Profundis" (Buffalo Film Series)

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Subject: VASA Reminder: a film by Lawrence Brose "De Profundis" (Buffalo Film Series)
Date: February 14th 2020
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The "Buffalo Series" is an evolving platform exhibiting the work of Buffalo based film and video artist.

Buffalo New York (USA) has a rich history in the visual arts. Home to the Burchfield Penny Art Center, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, CEPA Gallery, Hallwalls, Center for Media Studies and many other cultural organizations and exhibition spaces. In the 1960s and 70s Buffalo was a hub of energy and creativity attracting and supporting the work of many artist. In 2012 the Albright-Knox Art Gallery posted an exhibition titled: Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avent-garde in the 1970s (curated by Heather Pesanti).

"De Profundis"

a film by Lawrence Brose, 1997

De Profundis is a mesmerizing and seductive investigation of Oscar Wilde's project of Transgressive Aesthetics.  Incorporating home movies from the 1920's and early gay male erotica along with images from Radical Faerie gatherings and queer pagan rituals, radical drag performances and images of confinement, the film sets up a haunting investigation of queerness, masculinity, history and sexuality.

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stills from De Profundis

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Lawrence Brose is an experimental film artist and has created over thirty films since 1983.  His films have been shown at international film festivals, museums, art galleries, and cinematheques in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. Brose’s most recent film, De Profundis has been greeted with critical acclaim and has been screened at more than eighty venues and festivals worldwide since its release.   De Pofundis isa 65-minute experimental film based on Oscar Wilde’s prison letter with an original score for the film by the American composer Frederic Rzewski.  In 1989 he began a series of film collaborations with contemporary composers to explore the relationship between the moving image and music.

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