Filmmaker Jenni Olson’s deceptively engaging film, The Royal Road, which has been capturing both the attention of mainstream film critics and the affection of audiences worldwide through screenings as numerous festivals (along with the awards that go with such adoration), will be making its way to DVD on Sept. 6 courtesy of Wolfe.
We say “deceptively,” in that Olson, who didn’t start out as a filmmaker, but who is a co-director of Frameline and a film historian, got the “bug” back in the 1990s by — according to interviews — “framing” shots of interesting and very random things. A series of short films followed.
The Royal Road is a collection, so to speak, of her “random” look at California from an outsider’s point-of-view. Eclectic impressions of the Golden State — very much in the spirit of James Burke’s Connections from the late ‘70s — that ranges from Father Junipero Serra’s chain of missions, Hitchcock’s 1958 film, Vertigo and her own frustrations with unrequited love.
The Royal Road is random to be sure, but ultimately “deceptively engaging.”
Bonus goodies included four of filmmaker Jenni Olson’s short films — 575 Castro Street, Meep Meep!, Blue Diary and Sometimes — plus a newly-prepared video session with Olson.