Dream No. 37,091

A modern, queer, urban dream sequence in the tradition of Alice in Wonderland.

  • Jon Reitzel
  • Jon Reitzel
  • David De Rosa
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 4K
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Wavestock Film Festival
    Staten Island, NY
    United States
    October 12, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • New York Short Film Tuesdays
    Brooklyn, NY
    United States
    October 24, 2019
    Official Selection
  • American Filmatic Arts Awards
    Brooklyn, NY
    United States
    February 9, 2020
    Best Experimental Short, Student
  • Long Island International Film Expo
    Long Island, NY
    United States
    October 3, 2020
    Long Island Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Jon Reitzel

Jon Reitzel grew up in Columbus, OH and graduated from NYU with a BA in Comparative Literature in 2011. He began his career in film and television in 2015, writing and directing a web series in Portland, OR. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with his husband Alex and his cat Luna.

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Director Statement

Dream No. 37,091 began as a film project I worked on in pursuit of my MFA in Television Production at Brooklyn College. I've always been interested in experimental film and storytelling, and I wanted to try to replicate the experience of dreaming and slowly realizing you're dreaming in a short film. Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz were deeply beloved classics to me growing up, and I was particularly thinking of Jan Svenkmajer's 1988 retelling Alice during filming. But I wanted to tell a New York story, one grounded in my own modern queer perspective. In preparation for filming, the actors and I did a lot of improvisation to try to make the performances as lived in as possible, and a lot of lines they tried on the spot made it into the final film. My hope is the audience, like waking up from an interesting dream, will walk out of the film analyzing what they've seen and heard and trying to guess what it all means.