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"The Royal Road"
Contemplative and gorgeous, The Royal Road is an innovative, cinematic feature shot on 16mm film. Deceptively simple California urban landscapes become the framework for the film’s lyrically written voiceover: an expression of yearning butch lesbian desire and self-reflection interspersed with an array of non-fiction tangents including an exploration of El Camino Real (the original road connecting California’s Missions), a reflection on the life story of Casanova, a capsule history of the Mexican-American War and a defense of nostalgia. The film’s centerpiece is a brilliant five-minute lecture on nostalgia and socialism by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner.
Writer-Director: Jenni Olson
Producer: Julie Dorf
Additional Voiceover: Tony Kushner
Cinematographer: Sophie Constantinou
Editor: Marc Henrich
Executive Producer: Tom Rielly
Jenni Olson's prior credits include: The 2009 short documentary 575
Castro St. (official selection: Sundance and Berlin Panorama); the 2005
experimental documentary feature The Joy of Life (official selection:
Sundance and winner of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle Marlon
Riggs Award “for courage and vision in Bay Area filmmaking”); 2000 short
Meep! Meep! (official selection Sundance Online Film Festival); the
1997 short Blue Diary (official selection Berlin Panorama) and many
other short films and curated programs of vintage movie trailers
including the 1997 show, Trailer Camp (official selection Toronto
International and Sundance).
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