"Valencia: The Movie/s", premieres today at San Fransisco's Frameline film festival. Michelle Tea's now iconic 2002 first-person narrative, "Valencia," firmly established queer memoir as a genre within the literary canon. Tea as a writer and performer has influenced countless queer authors, and she continues to nurture talents through Radar Productions, a non-profit which hosts readings and specialized workshops.
"Valencia" the movie was conceived to tell Tea's story through the eyes of the SF queer community at large, each chapter is directed by a diffrent filmmaker. That impressive list includes; Peter Anthony, Sharon Barnes Rubenstein, Aubree Bernier-Clarke, Cary Cronenwett, Bug Davidson, Cheryl Dunye, Lares Feliciano, Dia Felix, Hilary Goldberg, Silas Howard, Alexa Inkeles, Michelle Lawler, Jerry Lee, Olivia Parriott, Jill Soloway, Sara St. Martin Lynne, Samuael Topiary, Courtney Trouble, Chris Vargas, and Greg Youmans.
Each director also cast different actors for each segments. Michelle Tea's character is portrayed as a different race, style and gender throughout. Each filmmaker also approached the narrative in conceptually unique ways. So in a way "Valencia" is a series of shorts woven together through her memoir arch.
To say this film has been highly anticipated is an understatement. There have been few trailers released so far, so anyone lucky enough to be in SF to catch the premiere we look forward to hearing from you.