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.
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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