A cinematic essay set against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm 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. Featuring a voiceover cameo by Tony Kushner.
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"A beguiling meditation…serenely accomplished.” —Dennis Harvey, Variety
"A breathtaking cinematic essay....a masterpiece.” — Sam Fragoso, RogerEbert.com
"As personal as it is political...a profound lesson on intimacy and history.” — Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
- Winner: Best LGBTQ Film — Ann Arbor Film Festival
- Winner: Best Feature — Queer Porto LGBT Film Festival
- Special Jury Mention — Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI)
- Special Jury Mention — Dokufest: International Documentary and Short Film Festival
- Lili Award: Documentary Special Mention — MIX Copenhagen LGBT Film Festival
- Official Selection: 2015 Sundance Film Festival