Face-to-Face with the Filmmaker

will resume in 2017

Thank you to Jenni Olson for sharing her beautiful and evocative film

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at El Rio.

The film is soon to be available on DVD.

For those who missed the screening, here’s the trailer.

The Royal Road is a cinematic essay in defense of remembering, It 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.

“…part history meditation, part diary entry, part lonesome valentine to what some people still imagine to be the “California Dream.” Who else could tie up Junipero Serra, Double Indemnity, Marcel Proust, and Outer Sunset dreamscapes into one achingly gorgeous package, with the express purpose of sharing her obsessions? Shot on 16mm film and miraculous to behold.”
Kelly Vance, East Bay Express

olson1227_091mkJenni Olson

Jenni is one of the world’s leading experts on LGBT cinema history and is currently VP of e-commerce at WolfeVideo.com. Her debut feature film, The Joy of Life world premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and went on to play a pivotal role in renewing debate about the need for a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge. Jenni’s most recent short film, 575 Castro St. premiered at Sundance and the Berlin Panorama in 2009. The Royal Road, has garnered many international awards and was an Official Selection at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to her many achievements in film making, Jenni is a renowned film collector and archivist of LGBT films and continues to write extensively about LGBT films. She lives with her wife and daughters in Bernal.