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Louise Brooks was a woman in relentless search of "the truth."  She is best known for her film appearances in Pandora's Box (1929, dir. GW Pabst), Diary of a Lost Girl (1929, dir. GW Pabst), and Prix de Beaute (1930, dir. Augusto Genina). People also know her for her immensely important book, Lulu in Hollywood, published in 1982, which compiled many of her best essays on cinema.  

Aside from these general facts, she was a human dynamo, did whatever the hell she wanted and didn't give a damn what anyone thought. These days, that sounds like the modern woman. In the early 1900s, however, behaving this way meant operating outside the lines of society and often caused women to be labeled as pariahs.  Brooks looked at the era she lived in, saw the restrictions on women, saw the way that Hollywood was treating their actresses, and told them all where to go.  She proved herself to be a woman ahead of her time, taking control of her education, sexuality, career, and instincts.  Women like her set the groundwork for women today who now possess more freedom.

Also, she was a genius.  What few people know is that Brooks was a meticulous and obsessive researcher, a brilliant writer, disciplined dancer and a philosopher.  She read all the classics, going so far as to read Proust's Remembrances of Times Past three times, and filled the columns of all her reading material with notations and definitions.  This was a woman who did not complete her high school education.  She completed over 30 research journals and archived them in an attempt to preserve some truth from her findings, as her main obsession was with the veracity of historiography on early cinema. 

Therefore, Charlotte has taken it upon herself to document Brooks' life as accurately as she can by traveling to all of the places that Brooks has been, speaking with all of those living that knew her, and researching her down to the very last written word.  She and her cinematographer, Shawn Gray, have already traveled to Memphis, Cherryvale, Independence, Wichita, Rochester and New York City to conduct interviews with various historians, authors, and friends of Brooks.  They now plan to go to Berlin, London, Paris and California to speak with more important voices who wish to make themselves heard, as well as to further document locations where Brooks resided and made history.

Louise Brooks deserves a detailed and thorough account of her life, and young men and women deserve the chance to see just how successful and amazing a misfit can be.

Risks and challenges

The challenges thus far have been financial. Charlotte has been funding the majority of the film herself while completing her senior year of college. Permission from the estate has already been secured. The main issue is getting the team overseas to document the areas in which Brooks made some of her most influential contributions to cinematic art. Also, many renowned film historians and friends of hers are located in Europe, and are eager to contribute their voices to the film. To document the complete and thorough scope of her life, the trip is crucial.

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    15min Brooks Q&A with the Director

    Call Charlotte on the phone and fire as many questions at her as you can think of about Louise Brooks or the film. She has researched for 5 years, has read all 30-something of Brooks' journals (including her packed planner from 1979 and notes she made on all of her newspaper clippings- trust us, they're funny) and spoken to many of Brooks' friends, and she shall provide answers!

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    Be Interviewed for the Film!

    Depending on location, 10 people will either be interviewed in person or over skype by the director on what you know about Louise Brooks. If you don't know a ton, don't worry, Charlotte's got your back, and you can tell us what you think about what you've heard. Get ready for your close up!

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