As a film collector and archivist Jenni’s historical movie trailer programs (including the ever-popular: Homo Promo, which is now available on DVD) have been shown at film festivals around the world, as have her many short films and videos. In addition to her vast curatorial experience (including stints at the Minneapolis/St. Paul and San Francisco LGBT Film Festivals) Jenni has written extensively about LGBT film since 1985 for many publications. Her wildly entertaining coffee table tome, The Queer Movie Poster Book was a 2005 Lambda Literary Award nominee. Materials from Jenni’s personal archive of rare LGBT film prints have been utilized in dozens of films including such acclaimed documentaries as Stonewall Uprising and I Am Divine. She can be seen in several documentary films offering her perspectives on LGBT cinema history, most recently in the IFC documentary, Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema. She is also featured in the documentary, Vito, a film portrait of Vito Russo (author of The Celluloid Closet and one of her most significant mentors).
Jenni Olson is an experimental filmmaker, and leading expert on LGBT cinema. Her first experimental feature documentary, The Joy of Life, premiered at Sundance Film Festival (2005) and was awarded the Riggs Award. Her short film, 575 Castro St. premiered at Sundance and the Berlin Panorama (2009). It was commissioned for the release of Gus Van Sant’s Milk, and is a permanent installation at 575 Castro Street, home of the Human Rights Campaign Action Centre. Olson is on many advisory boards including the Outfest/UCLA Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation, and Canyon Cinema.