Blu-ray™ & DVD

The Royal Road Available on VOD & DVD

DVD_Amaray_Template.qxdA cinematic essay set against a contemplative backdrop of 16 mm urban California landscapes, The Royal Road offers up intimate reflections on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo alongside a primer on Junipero Serra’s Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War. The film world premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and has won critical attention and awards at festivals throughout the world. Directed by Jenni Olson, a pioneering filmmaker, journalist, curator and film historian, who also is one of the world’s leading experts on LGBT cinema history.
Deceptively simple landscapes serve as the framework for the film’s lyrically written voice-over, which combines rigorous historical research with a stream-of consciousness personal monologue and relates these seemingly disparate stories from an intimate, colloquial perspective to tell a one-of-a-kind California tale.  A fascinating and unlikely reinvention story, The Royal Road simultaneously explores cinematic spiritual channeling, the conquest and colonization of Mexico and the American Southwest, fading historical Californian urban landscapes, and the passions found in butch identity to achieve an achingly beautiful and poetic defense of remembering. Probing roads from El Camino Real, to the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, to the road right outside the front door, Olson crafts a deeply intelligent and transcending observation of the human condition that reaches for redemption in the embrace of history, nostalgia, mindfulness, and sheer beauty.

The Royal Road is available today, September 6, across all digital platforms including iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, and, and also be available on DVD via Wolfe Video. The DVD contains a extra interview with director, and four short films called  575 Castro Street; Meep Meep!; Blue Diary; and Sometimes.

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