September – October 2015
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
When his amputated leg is discovered in a grill sold at a North Carolina auction, John Wood finds himself at the center of a worldwide media frenzy. Believing the new-found attention to be his chance at doing some great things in an otherwise disappointing, wayward life, he’s quickly swept up in the hysteria as the leg’s enterprising buyer, Shannon Whisnant, then sues to regain its custody. But the stranger-than-fiction chain of events, fueling John’s drug addiction and compounded by generations of his familial dysfunction, soon sets John on the streets and heading to his certain demise. Just in time, however, another twist in these fantastical occurrences gives John a final shot at becoming whole for the first time in his life.
Directed by Bryan Carberry & Clay Tweel. 84min. 2015. DCP.