Sitdown is an Alchemy Film & Arts series of artist interviews, published to complement its exhibitions, residencies, and other events. You can find all other Sitdown entries here.

Alchemy presented Jenni Olson’s 2015 essay film, The Royal Road, as part of DIVE IN Cinema, a free online screening series coordinated by Glasgow Short Film Festival, on 17 July 2020. In the event you missed its DIVE IN screening, The Royal Road is viewable online here.

Jenni spoke with Michael Pattison, Alchemy Film & Arts Creative Director, about nostalgia, California and capturing depopulated urban landscapes on 16mm.

With thanks to Sanne Jehoul, Glasgow Short Film Festival Co-Director, and Matchbox Cineclub for captions. More information about The Royal Road’s screening at DIVE IN can be found here.