The Advocate's 18 Favorite Films at Outfest 2013
BY Daniel Reynolds Sunnivie Brydum and Diane Anderson-Minshall
July 11 2013 4:00 AM ET
Sunday, July 14, 8:30 p.m. at REDCAT Theater
Based on the groundbreaking literary memoir by iconic queer author Michelle Tea, Valencia enlists the services of 20 different filmmakers to piece together an ensemble retelling of Tea’s turbulent 20s, full of hard drinking, hard loving, and righteously damning “the man.” Just as Tea’s memoir gave a printed voice to a generation of lesbians who came of age in the 1990s, the highly-anticipated film re-imagines Tea’s tropes for a modern, radical, and genderqueer crowd. Each chapter of Tea’s life is portrayed by different actors, in shorts helmed by distinct directors, including Outfest favorites Silas Howard and Cheryl Dunye. Despite its ensemble composure, the film emerges as a powerful rumination on the universal experience of being young, heartbroken, and ecstatic, all while discovering who you are and what you stand for.