A special two-part program featuring filmmakers charged with bringing Michelle Tea's award-winning autobiographical novel Valencia (2000) to the screen. Set in queer San Francisco in the 1990s, Valencia premieres at Frameline 37 in the third week of June. In a project headed by Tea and Hilary Goldberg, the movie was created by 18 filmmakers, each of whom created a short based on a chapter from the book.
In conversation with the author, the filmmakers will discuss pre- and post-gentrification San Francisco, nostalgia and fantasy, activism and desire, debauchery and subversion — and how those elements are represented in the film. The panels are set for 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Admission: $5.00 (general); $3.00 (California students); free for members. (Note: A third panel originally announced for June 26 has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.)
Thursday, June 20
What Were the Queer '90s?
A discussion of the influence of San Francisco's 1990s queer life on the city's GLBT community today. The panel includes Valencia filmmakers who were and were not around for the 1990s party: Aubree Bernier-Clarke, Lares Feliciano, Silas Howard, Alexa Shae and Samuael Topiary.
Monday, June 24
A look at choices made by Valencia filmmakers who cast outside the box for their vision of the character of Michelle, using claymation buffalo, blow-up dolls, drag queens and Angelina Jolie; with Jerry Lee Abram, Cheryl Dunye, Hilary Goldberg, Chris Vargas and Greg Youmans.