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Saturday, October 19, 2013
Part of the 2013 Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival (October 17-20)3:00 pm UWM Union Theatre
2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Directed by 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, and Chris Vargas and Greg Youmans. 100 min.
Like its avid, open-minded, and ready-to-take-risks heroine, this adaptation of Michelle Tea’s essential novel/memoir about queer women in post-punk 1990s San Francisco is wonderfully and productively restless in its pursuit of a way to be. Identity and desire, after all, can only be so fixed. Tea’s twenty-somethings hang out, party, make stabs at work, art-making, love, maybe community. Our heroine Michelle is in between relationships, mostly, or longing after a new one, and things get messy. Heartbreak is a reflex. Valencia honors its source with an antic and appropriate mode(s) of storytelling: the film is an anthology of approaches, each chapter of Tea’s book adapted by a different director – 21 filmmakers working here, included animators and found footage artists; each “Michelle” played by a different performer, of different genders, races, dispositions. Valencia is named for a street in San Francisco’s Mission District, and this funny, rueful, uncontained film is an expansive and so-not-gentrified neighborhood of episodes and attitudes, loves lost and maybe won.
Bonus! One of the Michelles is portrayed by UWM English PhD student and MIGC coordinator Shawna Lipton!
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