The Royal Road

Premiere DateNov 3, 2015
00:00 Intro
01:42 The Royal Road
04:36 Landscape on Film
06:35 Colonization of California
11:27 Voice of Longing
15:23 Melodrama
18:00 In Defense of Nostalgia
21:57 Shooting on Film
26:38 Personas from Films
29:42 Vertigo 36:39 Finish

Jenni Olson is the director of the new film, The Royal Road. She describes the film as a cinematic essay, and it’s structure is simple: patient static shots of urban California landscapes captured on 16 mm film, and a voiceover narration written and spoken by Jenni. In her narration we hear  confessional tales of desire and rejection, the history of the Spanish Colonization in California, and musings on everything from butch identity and nostalgia to Alfred Hitchcock’s vertigo.

The Royal Road just started it’s run at  Anthology Film Archives in New York City, where it’s playing through November 5th.


Kimberly Ruth is a New York based multi-media artist. Her work explores the failures and inconsistencies of language, especially in the digital age. Through text, photography, video and performance, she works to…