1. The Royal Road - SFIFF58 Trailer


    from San Francisco Film Society / Added

    Director: Jenni Olson San Francisco director Jenni Olson’s second feature-length film solidifies her standing as a major voice in the use of film as personal essay. Primarily composed of two elements—Olson’s self-revealing voiceover narration and long takes of beautifully composed urban landscapes shot on vibrant 16mm film—the film’s spare approach belies a sly and bountiful complexity as it burrows into the endlessly mineable terrains of history and memory.

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    • Coward


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      16 Plays / / 1 Comment

      Inspired by "Joy of Life" by Jenni Olson, I took the similar path and executed the theme of "Places" by filming at the different places in San Francisco. I also included one of my journal entrees of meeting a person I was interested in as a voice over to not only replace where the music or soundtrack would be, but to also try something different that I have never done with film before. I feel like this works well with each other because personally, these places do have significance. And that is why I film my scenes in these particular places. This piece was an assignment for my Digital Cinema class at San Francisco Art Institute. Enjoy. Equipment: Canon 60D 50mm Editing Software: FCP Studio 7

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      • Trailer - The Joy of Life


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        "The Joy of Life" is an unconventional appreciation of the streets and stories of San Francisco, combining stunning landscape cinematography with a lyrical, well-crafted voiceover to offer a poetic reflection on the City By the Bay. Grappling with gender identity issues and the occasional episode of depression, the film's lone protagonist (the voice of Harriet "Harry" Dodge, "By Hook or By Crook," "Cecil B. Demented") pinballs from sexual conquest to neurotic despair, manic romance to pathetic solitude. The voiceover balances melancholy angst and wry humor in its Casanova account of various urban, romantic, and sexual adventures - from the frisson of flirting to the heartache of rejection.

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        • Blue Diary


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          Through voiceover and static San Francisco landscapes this experimental narrative short tells the melancholy story of a butch dyke pining over a one night stand with a straight girl. Like Frameline Voices? Donate here: http://bit.ly/FramelineDonate Jenni Olson 1997 6 min. USA Founded in 1977, Frameline is the nation's only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the funding, exhibition, distribution and promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media arts. Frameline Voices is a new digital initiative that showcases diverse LGBT stories and expands access to films by and about people of color, transgender people, youth, and elders. More information: http://www.frameline.org.

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          • Where is Mine?


            from Kimberly Bainum / Added

            This was an assigned exercise for my Film Language class and was strongly influenced by Jenni Olson's "The Joy of Life." FULL SCREEN PLEASE © Kimberly Bainum 2010

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            • 575 Castro St.


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              A film by Jenni Olson In 2008, the Castro Camera Store, where Harvey Milk lived and worked in the late 1970's, was recreated at the same address for Gus Van Sant's film MILK. This film was shot on that same set with audio of Harvey Milk from a 1977 recording outlining Harvey's wishes in the event of his assassination.

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