This unique, Zen-like, deeply personal film combines filmmaker Jenni Olson’s three obsessions: relationships with other, usually elusive women, the history of California and the American West, and her obvious love and reverence for cinema. All three topics are deeply felt, and the combination is almost poetic in its effect.
The film has received much critical approval, and was an official 2015 selection at Sundance Film Festival.
Ms. Olson is a film history expert and well-respected filmmaker. She carefully photographs her montages of the California landscapes, particularly Los Angeles and San Francisco, and discusses The Royal Road, or El Camino Real, and the controversial colonization of California by Father Junipero Serra.
Her voice is serious, and the photography is most beautiful of the still landscapes with just a car or two going by -- almost meditative. The effect is unique, mesmerizing, and impossible to stop watching once you become engaged.
This is a quietly beautiful, unique film I would recommend, one of several impressive films distributed by Wolfe Videos. It was released today and is available at wolfeondemand.com, iTunes, on DVD, etc. For more information about The Royal Road film, visit royalroadmovie.weebly.com. More information about Wolfe Videos can be found here: wolfevideo.com.
On another item, last Sunday I went to The Taste Sunday Block Party put on by the Los Angeles Times at Paramount Pictures Studios, Hollywood. There you can taste all variety of the many chefs’ delicious inventions, wander around the studio lot, pick up some free swag, and generally have a great time. They have these events every year on Labor Day Weekend, and they are always fun and interesting. Website: events.latimes.com/taste.