Blue Diary

1997 | Relationships | 6m | USA
Directors: Jenni Olson

Through voiceover and static San Francisco landscapes, Jenni Olson’s classic 1997 short experimental narrative short tells the melancholy story of a dyke pining over a one night stand with a straight girl.

About the 20th Anniversary Digital Restoration:
Blue Diary world premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 1998. The 20th anniversary HD scan from the original elements is a huge improvement on the former SD version that's been available online previously. Blue Diary was shot by noted experimental filmmaker and artist William E. Jones, cut by acclaimed San Francisco editor Dawn Logsdon, and the voiceover is performed by talented indie director Silas Howard (then known as Lynn Flipper). As the initial foray into 16mm urban landscape filmmaking by writer-director Jenni Olson, Blue Diary establishes many of the themes that Olson would explore further in her subsequent 16mm features, The Joy of Life and The Royal Road, and both films are also available through Frameline Distribution.

Reviews and Awards

Director’s Choice Award, Black Maria Film Festival

Honorable Mention, Atlanta Film & Video Festival

Prize Winner, Charlotte Film & Video Festival

Trophy Winner, Rochester International Film Festival

2nd Place Experimental, Athens International Film & Video Festival

“A cinematic study of love, loss, and urban landscape with low-key voiceover by Tribe 8’s Lynn Flipper.” — Erin Blackwell, Bay Area Reporter