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An adventurous experiment letting loose 20 directors on Michelle Tea’s cult-adored novel/memoir, “Valencia” is as much deconstruction as adaptation. An equal number of actors — not all of them female — play Tea’s hapless heroine, who petulantly plows through numerous girlfriends, jobs, artistic aspirations and mind-altering substances in the punky lesbian hipster scene of pre-dot-com-boom 1990s San Francisco. Like the book, the episodic pic is driven more by style and attitude than by narrative; while the constant diversity of approach is always stimulating, at nearly two hours it grows a little exhausting. Nonetheless, further fest travel and niche ancillary sales are assured.
We first meet “Michelle” as she expresses her dissatisfaction with a tedious rent-paying day job and semi-girlfriend Willa, who seems to want some kind of relationship without commitment or sex. Soon shedding both, she gets a new g.f. in Georgia emigre Iris (played, like the central character, »
- Dennis Harvey
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Valencia the book, written by Michelle Tea, was something of a game-changer when it came out in 2000. Encapsulating the glory, the burn out, and the guerilla punk aesthetic of ‘90s queerdom in San Francisco, Valencia captured the literal and metaphoric spunk of an era, which was especially welcome since prior lesbian lit was too often relegated to the pulpy (Rubyfruit Jungle) or the depressing (Well of Loneliness).
Valencia: The Movie/s took the pioneering spirit of the book and gave it a drag queen makeover. Experimental, ambitious, and Big, Valencia brought together a whopping 20 queer filmmakers who each contributed a five to seven minute short (18 total) based on a chapter from the book. Frontlined by Tea and producer/director Hilary Goldberg, some of the filmmakers included Cheryl Dunye, Courtney Trouble, Silas Howard, Michelle Lawler, Samuel Topiary and Cary Cronenwett. Each short stars a different “Michelle” as well, »
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3 items from 2013
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