Brooklyn Filmmaker’s Police Brutality Drama ‘Catharsis’ Screens Dec. 5th

Catharsis, a short film about an African-American woman mourning the death of her child at the hands of an NYPD officer and conf

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Stuart Cinema & Café, along with Filmmaker, Lawrence “LAW” Watford, will host a special screening of Catharsis, a short film about an African-American woman mourning the death of her child at the hands of an NYPD officer and confronts the ambitious District Attorney who refused to bring charges against the officer.

The movie, shot on location in Brooklyn, showcases what the future looks like when Black and Brown Americans have grown weary of marches, rallies and protests while systemic racist policing policies endure.

See trailer for Catharsis here.

“In an era where police killings of black people earn 10 million YouTube views, this film is about jolting people out of their comfort zone, out of their bubble and into unfamiliar, uneasy and perhaps frightening territory,” said Watford.

“I want to start a war between the person we are and the person we want to be. And in the chaos of that internal conflict is where I hope the message of this movie will have the power to at least shift the mindset, even in the slightest degree for the shortest of moments.”

The free, special film preview will be held on Saturday, December 5 at 4 pm at the Stuart Cinema & Café. The theater is CinemaSafe certified and has been safely hosting film festivals and private events. As part of its Covid-19 compliance standards, the emails or phone numbers of attendees will be collected as a precaution for contact tracing purposes (if necessary).

A Question & Answer session with the filmmaker will take place post screening. Guests can reserve seating here:

Catharsis Trailer:


Event Details: “First Look” Screening of Catharsis

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 Location: Stuart Cinema & Cafe, 79 West Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Event Timeline: 3:30 pm: Doors Open


4 pm: First Film Screening

4:30 pm: Q&A Session with Filmmaker Law Watford


5 pm: Second Film Screening

5:30 pm: Q&A session with Filmmaker Law Watford

About Lawrence “Law” Watford – Producer, Director and Writer – Catharsis

An avid political junkie, Law received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hampton University (an HBCU) and a Masters of Arts in Communications as a directing student at Regent University. Since then, he has honed his craft in varied posts on numerous feature films and television shows such as “I am Legend” and “Law&Order SVU.” As founder of Divine Write Pictures he is constantly seeking innovative ways to tell stories that challenge and excite audiences as he expands his body of work as a content creator, screenwriter and filmmaker. Watford’s last film FLIPPED was produced along with his partners at Tyler Street Films and received critical praise for its bold approach to addressing race in America.

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