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Directed by Sara St. Martin Lynne and Michelle Lawler, it's 1995 queer San Francisco adapted from Michelle Tea's iconic book, Valencia!
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Chapter 7

In this nostalgic love letter to the mid 1990's San Francisco Queer Mission District, we drop in on Michelle Tea as she spends one evening of ecstatic revelry with her small group of friends while playing UNO, drinking 40's, and having stoned epiphanies. The delicate balance of the gang of four is tested when Michelle attempts to win back the affection of her recent ex, Iris during a late night convenience store run. 

Co-written and co-directed by Sara St. Martin Lynne and Michelle Lawler, this adaptation is a first time collaboration between the two dynamic, award winning filmmakers. Michelle Lawler is the also the film's cinematographer and the film is being produced by Ari Ali. Original soundtrack is being composed by Rachel Carns and Tara Jane O'Neil. Sound design and editing will be done by Julie Wolf.

The Project

Valencia (The Movies), is an epic, independent collaboration between 21 filmmakers, each of who has accepted the challenge of translating one chapter of the award-winning novel Valencia into a 5-minute short film. Bringing together filmmakers and other media artists, including photographers and video artists, Valencia will retell the cult classic story of one twenty-something queer girl’s romp through 1990s San Francisco, earnestly chasing down urban adventure with a down-the-rabbit-hole sense of wonder. Each filmmaker will shoot their chapter with their own cast, in their own style, and according to their own interpretation, bringing 21 different reads to this dyke adventure story. Once completed, the string of films can and will be shown together, as well as each be able to stand alone as short narrative films, creating 21 short films that operate together to tell a sprawling and energized narrative. 

The funds we raise will support the cost of production and post production of our shoot that is taking place in August at various locations in the Mission District in San Francisco.  

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    Receive a photo of the cast and crew from the set of Valencia (The Movies), Chapter 7! We will also include a personal thank you message from the directors of the the project, delivered straight to your email!

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    You will get all of the above and a little more. Get a signed postcard of the film sent directly to your home.

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    Own your own copy of Night Fliers, the coming of age feature narrative film by Sara St. Martin Lynne. Deemed "winning" by Dennis Harvey of Variety, Night Fliers is a sensitive tribute to the transformative power of friendship and acceptance. Night Fliers won the audience award at Reeling-Chicago's LGBT Film Festival 2009.

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    Own your own copy of a limited edition original single by Rachel Carns and Tara Jane O'Niel, composed specifically for Valencia, Chapter 7! How cool is that? Additionally, you will be thanked in the credits of the completed film.

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    Valencia, Chapter 7 opens with Michelle Tea's musing "On Valencia Street I discovered coffee. Life became expansive, it grew outward. My inside's bubbled over onto the Mission streets."
    Get your own Valencia 7 travel cup. It will come printed with the words, "you can always take a good mood a little further" Michelle Tea, Valencia - Chapter 7. Heck, we'll even sign it for you, if you want us to.

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    Get a brand new copy of Valencia signed by Michelle Tea! Need to refresh your memory by re-reading the iconic book behind this whole project? Did you lend yours to your ex who lent it to their ex? Don't worry about getting it back! Get a new copy!

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    Entitle yourself to a copy of Michelle Lawler's beautiful and award winning film, FOREVER'S GONNA START TONIGHT, which tells the amazing life story of San Francisco drag legend Vicki Marlane. This is truly a unique opportunity as this film is unavailable for purchase anywhere else.

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    Join the cast and crew for a delicious catered lunch or dinner on one of our production days, taking place on August 13 and 14, 2011. Additionally, you will be thanked in the credits of the completed film.

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    We want to see you on the big screen! We are auctioning off three non-speaking cameos! Join our amazing and fun production crew on the streets of San Francisco.

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    Receive a DVD of Screaming Queens: This EMMY Award-winning tale tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States - a 1966 riot in San Francisco's impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, three years before the famous gay riot at New York's Stonewall Inn.
    Screaming Queens is a production of Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker.

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    Valencia 7 would love you have you as an executive producer. An addition to a tremendous outpouring of love and gratitude from us, you will receive credit as "executive producer" in all material associated with Valencia 7. You will also receive an invitation to all local screenings any other events and parties associated with the film

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