The Royal Road
Our next Rialto Recommends is from Bay Area and LGBT film historian Jenni Olson. Her 2015 film THE ROYAL ROAD is 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. If you give yourself over to it, it will crack you wide open. Variety said "A poetic film essay that uses landscape photography and voiceover narration to ruminate on a wide swath of topics ..." While the Village Voice raved "Suffused with melancholy, longing, and chagrin, Jenni Olson's supple cine-essay The Royal Road is, above all, a film against forgetting." THE ROYAL ROAD is streaming on Amazon Prime, Tubi and Kanopy or is available to rent for a modest fee from Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube and Vudu HERE.