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Kickstarter Alert: Learn About Queer Film Historian’s Ambitious New Project “The Royal Road”


As a longtime champion of LGBT film over the past twenty-five years LGBT film critic and historian (and Queerty contributor) Jenni Olson has brought us such entertaining queer film history projects as the vintage gay movie trailer collection, Homo Promo and the Lambda Award-nominated The Queer Movie Poster Book. Olson is also an acclaimed experimental filmmaker (her short Harvey Milk elegy 575 Castro St., shot on the set of Milk, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and continues to be shown in a permanent exhibition at the HRC Action Center & Store at 575 Castro Street in San Francisco).

Olson is currently running a Kickstarter campaign seeking support for her newest feature film project. The Royal Road, is an ambitious portrait of California urban landscapes which she describes as “a lyrical new film contemplating butch lesbian desire, nostalgia, Casanova, a history of the Mexican-American War and so much more.”

Shot on 16mm, the film also includes a lecture segment on socialism and nostalgia from acclaimed gay playwright Tony Kushner and has earned support and shout outs from a wide range of fellow LGBT filmmakers like Keep The Lights On director Ira Sachs (who says: “Jenni is a poetic filmmaker, and person, of a rare order”), Ru Paul’s Drag Race creators Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, documentarian Jennie Livingston (Paris is Burning), Dante’s Cove star Charlie David, Eating Out creator Allan Brocka and I Am Divine director Jeffrey Schwarz.

The deadline for contributions is Midnight July 10th. Click here to be part of this important new queer film if you can. 

[Read Olson’s picks for can’t-miss LGBT movies on the film festival circuit here.]