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  • 1901 (trailer)

    As a creator, I’m infinitely intrigued by the idea of fantasy life and how it affects our actions or accentuates our stasis. The story of 1901 created a wonderful opportunity for me to explore a rare alignment of fantasy & reality. The film’s story is remarkably simple, yet, in the course of a single afternoon, one woman’s entire world is transformed. It is Charlotte’s fantasy life that frames each glance, each accidental caress and gives weight to the playful gestures of Renee. It was this actualizing of the inner life outward that made me need to make this film. Above all else, I invite the audience to savor Charlotte’s slow, subtle, and sensuous journey towards freedom and to take part in a future where individual happiness is not prescribed, it is discovered.

    At the turn of the last century, Charlotte, a wife and mother, walks the grounds of an expansive country estate and happens upon the beautiful Renee. Charlotte is terrified by her uncontrollable desire for the young woman and her attempts to escape lead her deep into the surrounding forest. Lost, Charlotte is forced to confront her fears and must rely on Renee to help her find her way back. 1901 is the story of one woman’s courage to embrace her fantasies and follow love into an unknown future.
  • 1901 premiered at Lucerne International Film Festival on Oct 20th, 2011.
    1901 plays in the program Queershnit at the Shnit International Film Festival Oct 3. 2012.
  • 1901 CAST and CREDITS

    Charlotte Natalie Thomas
    Renee Laine Rettmer
    Husband Jeremy Goren
    Child Ethen Halper

    Directed by
    Brock Labrenz

    Produced by
    Natalie Thomas
    Dorottya Mathe
    Brock Labrenz

    Executive Producer
    Edward Leung

    Associate Producer
    Laine Rettmer

    Written by
    Natalie Thomas
    Laine Rettmer

    Music by
    Brad Stratton

    Sound Design by

    Ryan Billia

    Violinist Antoine Silverman
    Cellist Anja Wood
    Pianist Alex Lacamoire

    Director of Photography
    Bliss Holloway

    Assistant Camera
    Nate Spengler

    David McLean

    Video Technician
    Mark Weber

    Sound Recordist
    David Fleming
    Costume Designer
    Elisa Santiago

    Assistant Costume Designer
    Kristine Souza

    Costume Construction
    Aughra Moon

    Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist
    Vesta Goodarz

    Key Production Assistant
    Doug Panetta

    Production Assistant
    Travis von Drehle