Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017



Year: 2013
Country: USA
Run Time: 106 minutes


Michelle is an artist and a lover… a lover of women. VALENCIA is Michelle’s story, marvelously adapted from Michelle Tea’s groundbreaking autobiographical novel of the same name. Compiling short films by 20 queer filmmakers from across the country, each episode is a retelling of a designated chapter from Tea’s memoir. Michelle dynamically observes and participates in the rise of the lesbian punk scene as well as the gay liberation movement in 90s San Francisco. Through her numerous loves and hookups, Michelle is introduced to kink, narcotics, and a kaleidoscope of queer characters so vibrant they make the screen glow. Full of memorable moments, including a very explicit 16mm film shoot, a queer repurposing of scenes from “Coyote Ugly,” and a heartfelt tale told by a blow-up doll, VALENCIA is by turns riotous, political, and even touching. It paints a prismatic portrait of Michelle, both real and imagined, as a true rebel with a cause. —C.P.

CIFF38 Screenings

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 9:15 AM

10% Cinema
Women of the World

American Independents Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Hilary Goldberg and Various Artists

Hilary Goldberg, Michelle Tea

Tanya Wischerath, Heather Acs, Shawna Elizabeth, Annie Danger, Morgan Bassichis, Stephany Joy Ashley, Lil Miss Hot Mess, Michelle Tea, Rowan Parker, Q

Director Bio
VALENCIA was directed by a diverse spectrum of queer directors: Hilary Goldberg, Silas Howard, Cheryl Dunye, Aubree Bernier-Clarke, Lares Feliciano, Dia Felix, Alexa Inkeles, Jerry Lee, Peter Anthony, Sharon Barnes, Cary Cronenwett, Bug Davidson, Samuael Topiary, Olivia Parriott, Jill Soloway, Courtney Trouble, Michelle Lawler, Sara St. Martin Lynne, Greg Youmans, and Chris Vargas.

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