Jenni Olson IN PERSON!
“A beguiling meditation…serenely accomplished.”
-Dennis Harvey, Variety
A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, The Royal Road offers up a primer on Junipero Serra’s Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo — all against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes, and featuring a voiceover cameo by Tony Kushner.
This bold, innovative film from acclaimed San Francisco filmmaker Jenni Olson combines rigorous historical research with lyrically written personal monologue and relates these seemingly disparate stories from an intimate, colloquial perspective to tell a one-of-a-kind California tale. Written & directed by Jenni Olson. Produced by Julie Dorf, Jenni Olson.
USA. 2015, 65 mins.
° Jury Award: Best LGBTQ Film — Ann Arbor Film Festival °
° Avant Garde & Genre Special Jury Mention: BAFICI (Buenos Aires International Independent Cinema Festival) °
“A humorous exploration of butch romantic desires…a sort of butch reply to Ross McElwee’s classic Sherman’s March.” – Berenice Reynaud, Senses of Cinema